So much for the Benghazi conspiracy theory.
Conservatives questioning the legitimacy of Hillary Clinton’s health scare –claiming she was faking illness to avoid questions about the deaths of four Americans in Libya—were proven wrong after doctors found a blood clot between her brain and skull on Sunday.
Clinton, 65, was discharged from a New York hospital on Wednesday evening and is expected to make a full recovery. She had been treated blood thinners to dissolve the clot. Doctors had found the clot during a follow up appointment resulting from a concussion she suffered in early December.
After the concussion, the right had a field day speculating Clinton was faking her ailments.
Republican Rep. Allen West of Florida said the Democrat seemed to have come down with “a case of Benghazi flu.” Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer called it an “acute Benghazi allergy.” And former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton called it a “diplomatic illness” used “when you don’t want to go to a meeting, or conference or an event.”
Joan Walsh of Salon.com and Lauren Ashburn of the Daily Beast ripped conservatives for their criticism on Wednesday night’s Hardball.
“It’s an accusation that you would hurl at a third grader,” said Ashburn, who added the insults could be driven by the prospect Clinton could run for president in 2016.
Conservatives “hate her now, they’re going to hate her then. And they are afraid of her. They don’t want to have to run against a Hillary who has been a very popular secretary of state, a very popular senator…No matter what your politics are, she has done a good job for the country,” said Ashburn.
Walsh agreed that Clinton was a “very formidable candidate.” She urged mainstream Republicans to call such critics out on their “craziness.” If nothing is done, there could be a “cloud hanging over her candidacy,” said Walsh.