US right-wing strategist Karl Rove has stunned a conference by suggesting Hillary Clinton may have brain damage.
Onstage with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and CBS correspondent and Spies Against Armageddon co-author Dan Raviv, Mr Rove said Republicans should keep the Benghazi issue alive, the New York Post reports.
He said if Mrs Clinton runs for president, voters must be told what happened when she suffered a fall in December 2012.
The official diagnosis was a blood clot. Mr Rove told the conference near Los Angeles on Thursday, “Thirty days in the hospital? And when she reappears, she’s wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what’s up with that.”
Mr Rove repeated the claim a number of times to the audience. Mrs Clinton’s rep said, “Please assure Dr Rove she’s 100 per cent.”
Despite Mr Rove’s claims, then-US Secretary of State Clinton was discharged from New York Presbyterian Hospital after spending three days undergoing treatment for a potentially life-threatening blood clot.
She was seen walking out of the Manhattan hospital for another series of tests but returned to the hospital shortly thereafter. She needed more tests related to her condition, the AP reported, citing unnamed officials.
Mrs Clinton, weakened by a stomach virus, fell in her Washington, DC home in December 2012 and sustained a concussion. Her doctors said a blood clot had formed behind her right ear in the space between her brain and skull.
A spokesperson for Mrs Clinton added, “Karl Rove has deceived the country for years, but there are no words for this level of lying.”
As for her health, “She is 100 per cent. Period.” [NYPost]