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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Via telephone on Fox News Monday, Donald Trump ostensibly wished presidential rival Hillary Clinton well a day after it was revealed she was battling pneumonia. Immediately after his well wishes, however, Trump managed to imply that her campaign might have something to hide, saying that “something’s going on, but I just hope she gets well and gets back on the trail.”

Trump was asked by the Fox & Friends co-hosts whether he felt she might be replaced and if so, whether he had plans of how to defeat her replacement. “No, I don’t think they’ll replace her,” he told the co-hosts. He then immediately reverted back to suggesting a greater cover-up, saying “We have to see what’s wrong.”

“Whatever it is, I’m ready.” Though the Clinton campaign didn’t help by keeping the Democratic nominee’s Friday diagnosis a secret for two days, “it” is pneumonia. Trump knows that — why say otherwise?

The Republican nominee also announced that he had just taken a physical, the results of which would be released shortly — though we’ll believe that when we see them. His first physician’s note, barely a few sentences long, used bogus phrases like “his blood pressure […] and laboratory test results were astonishingly excellent.”

Trump also appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box Monday and once again repeated his suggestion that Clinton may be battling more than pneumonia.

“You know it’s interesting because they say pneumonia on Friday, but she was coughing very, very badly a week ago, and even before that if you remember. This wasn’t the first time,” Trump stated. “It’s very interesting to see what’s going on.”

On Sunday, Bloomberg reported that the Trump campaign’s plan “is for him and his campaign aides to refrain from commenting” on Clinton passing out. So much for that. Then again, it would be pretty inconsistent with Trump’s history of repeatedly commenting on Clinton’s health, and saying that she doesn’t “look presidential,” whatever that means:

Screengrab via Fox News

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