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Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove is seen at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 27, 2012.
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Karl Rove is having problems with the math again, and also with the truth. Speaking at a conference, Rove attempted to launch a series of conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton's 2012 fall, concussion, and subsequent blood clot.
He said if 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. Rove told the conference near LA 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.”

Actually, it was three or four days, not 30, and when she left, she was wearing sunglasses. They were dark sunglasses, to be sure, but the woman walked out of the hospital under her own steam, wearing sunglasses. It takes an active imagination—an imagination that could turn a hospital stay of less than a week into a monthlong one—to make this into a giant secret conspiracy.

Rove is disputing reports describing him as implying Clinton has brain damage from the incident, saying, oh so convincingly, "I never used that phrase." So he's not telling the Clinton-haters she definitely has brain damage, he's just suggesting that there's something suspicious going on with her health related to a blood clot (or "blood clot") in her brain, and they should probably go looking for answers. I think we know where this is going to end up, don't you? If there's a 1990s-era conservative in your life, you can look forward to email forwards suggesting that Vince Foster's ghost pushed her down the stairs, or that her lesbian lover broke a vase over her head during a fight, or some other piece of the kind of nutjobbery we've so often seen directed at the Clintons in general and Hillary in particular.

And Rove will sit back and pretend to be all serious and respectable and deny that he was claiming any such thing—he just thought it needed to be investigated, is all. Right, Karl. Just like she was in the hospital for 30 days to begin with.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Tue May 13, 2014 at 07:10 AM PDT.

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