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What If Trump Campaign is Right, and Clinton Really Does Have Aphasia?

Katrina Pierson diagnosed Clinton's condition as Dysphasia on leftist MSNBC. She was ridiculed. But what if she's right?

The Washington Post, which among American newspapers is the most unabashedly pro-Clinton and Anti Trump, says "(Trump Campaign Spokeswoman) Katrina Pierson is at it again:"

"... saying Thursday on MSNBC that Hillary Clinton suffers from a medical condition -- dysphasia -- with which Clinton has never been diagnosed. "What's new are the other reports of the observations of Hillary Clinton's behavior and mannerisms, specifically with what you just showed in those previous clips, as well as her dysphasia, the fact that she's fallen, she has had a concussion. . . . it's merely the latest counterfactual claim Pierson has made this month and this campaign. While Pierson's comments have long been controversial, they have taken a particularly strange turn in recent weeks."

But what if Pierson's right? What if the candidate given an 84% probability of being elected President in November (by the LA Times), suffers from Aphasia (often called Dysphasia)? What does this disability imply for us and for her presidency?

As we've reported on this website, Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton has suffered what appear to be seizures on camera.

The leftist media has ignored it, but Clinton herself acknowledges falling and hitting her head in 2012 in her bathtub, while Secretary of State. She is known to take blood thinners (i.e., anti-coagulants) for this condition

In addition, Clinton is Hypo-thyroid, and takes thyroid tablets--not at all uncommon for 69 year old women.

In the late 1980's Ronald Reagan almost certainly suffered from Alzheimer's Syndrome. This became clear to the public during his second term as President. This affected his cognition, his memory, his reputation and his ability to lead.

And of course, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected and re-elected in the 1930's and 1940's, despite his polio and partial paralysis. He could not walk unassisted.

Today, FDR and Reagan are revered as Presidents go. But it's widely believed that in 1944, months before his death, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin took advantage of FDR's physical and mental weakness, to negotiate his way into Soviet domination of half of Europe for 50 years following the meeting between Stalin, FDR and Churchill. Reagan was not at his best in 1987 and 1988; if you lived during that time period, as I did, you remember all the bad press every comment from Reagan earned.

Is this really the best we can do as a nation? Where is the national conversation on Hillary's Health? (answering my own question, it's on twitter: #hillaryhealth #hillaryshealth. But nowhere else, on the nation's news websites, except perhaps and here).

Katrina Pierson does tell some stories that are clearly not true: That Obama was behind the decision to invade Afghanistan, for example. This doesn't change the fact that something is going on with Mrs. Clinton. As Pierson correctly points out, the Democratic presidential nominee hasn't held a press conference in 2016. Why doesn't she hold one now, and answer some questions from the press about her health?

Aphasia is an inability to comprehend and formulate language because of dysfunction in specific brain regions. Most often caused by a cerebral vascular accident (CVA), which is also known as a stroke, aphasia can cause impairments in speech and language modalities. To be diagnosed with aphasia, a person's speech or language must be significantly impaired in one (or several) of the four communication modalities following acquired brain injury or have significant decline over a short time period (progressive aphasia). The four communication modalities are auditory comprehension, verbal expression, reading and writing, and functional communication. This description, at times, does seem to fit Mrs. Clinton.

The difficulties of people with aphasia can range from occasional trouble finding words to losing the ability to speak, read, or write; intelligence, however, is unaffected.

Aphasia also affects visual language such as sign language. In contrast, the use of formulaic expressions in everyday communication is often preserved. One prevalent deficit in the aphasias is anomia, which is a deficit in word finding ability.

The term "aphasia" implies that one or more communication modalities have been damaged and are therefore functioning incorrectly. Aphasia does not refer to damage to the brain that results in motor or sensory deficits, as it is not related to speech (which is the verbal aspect of communicating) but rather the individual's language. An individual's "language" is the socially shared set of rules as well as the thought processes that go behind verbalized speech. It is not a result of a more peripheral motor or sensory difficulty, such as paralysis affecting the speech muscles or a general hearing impairment.


Reader Comments(4)

khmary writes:

I think it's Katrina Pierson herself who is affected by dysphasia - a language disorder marked by deficiency in the generation of speech, and sometimes also in its comprehension, due to brain disease or damage - and she's projecting onto Clinton. You really should do tests on Katrina, she is having marked deficiency in the generation of speech as it never makes sense and it hardly ever (read: never) hones to the truth whatsoever. Please get Katrina Pierson checked for brain damage - maybe she was dropped on her head too many times as a kid and this explains it.

Imsosickofthis1 writes:

In journalism school, we learned to write headlines that accurately reflected the stories they appeared above. Those stories were supposed to be based on factual information from credible sources and evidence. I haven't the slightest idea where the writer got his journalism degree, unless Trump University awarded doctorates in that discipline. Credible sources and a 'national conversation' on this 'issue' that has such terrifying implications for the future of the country don't include conspiracy theorists weighing in on Twitter, or Sean Hannity and his cadre of medical 'experts,' or desperate Breitbart journalists known for their integrity and objectivity. I eagerly await similarly astute pieces, such as 'What if Trump is Right and Obama is the Founder of ISIS?' or 'What if Trump is Right and the President was Born in Kenya?' Or, 'Who Were Those Thousands of Muslims Trump Saw Celebrating 9-11 in Jersey City?' How about, 'What Country are You Going to Move to if Trump Gets Elected?'

LatishS writes:

There are many forms of Aphasia. The one the commenter is referring to is caused by a stroke, HOWEVER there are many forms and Clinton could be suffering from one of the other forms. The other forms could be brought on by stress - like when there was a heckler. Primary Progressive Aphasia, in it's earlier stages, can be managed and a person could be articulate as far as giving a speech but unable to deal with questions and confrontations which may be a reason why she has not given an interviews/press conferences as of late. Look up the many forms - it is not a one-size fits all.

Ksmunger writes:

As someone who helps care for a loved one who actually HAS aphasia, please STOP IT. This article is ridiculous and insulting. Clinton's speech is nothing close to the struggle aphasia sufferers face. (To be honest, if we were to compare the two candidates, Trump's speech comes closer with his constant repetition of words and limited vocabulary.) Neither of them suffer from asphasia. This is a ridiculous line of attack and it's insulting to the people who actually struggle with it daily. If you want to see an example of someone with aphasia look to Gabby Giffords. She has it.