The out campaign manager for Hillary Clinton, Robby Mook, took the unusual step this week of directly addressing a right-wing smear about the candidate's health.
Mook was interviewed Wednesday by Rachel Maddow, the lesbian MSNBC anchor who mocked the rumor -- that Clinton is secretly in poor health -- as yet another "tinfoil hat" conspiracy theory. There is indeed absolutely no evidence to support it.
So Maddow questioned Mook several times about whether the Clinton campaign is inadvertently spreading the rumor.
Mook made the case that the conspiracy theory says more about the character of Donald Trump than it does about Clinton. So it's not the rumor being spread so much as a question of Trump's fitness as president.
Trump has been called out for pushing other conspiracy theories, including that President Obama wasn't born in the United States, that Muslims were seen cheering in the streets in New Jersey after September 11, and that Ted Cruz's father aided in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Today, Trump is making headlines for conceding during a rally that he sometimes says the "wrong thing."
"Sometimes, in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don't choose the right words or you say the wrong thing," Trump said, according toThe New York Times. "I have done that. And believe it or not, I regret it."
Trump probably wasn't talking about his birtherism or Clinton health-scaring or even the JFK theory. He has in the past said his "blood coming out of her wherever" attack on Fox anchor Megyn Kelly was misinterpreted as sexist and that his retweets of white supremacists weren't actually intended as racist. Unfortunately, the former reality TV star didn't specify which of his comments were wrong.
Here's how Mook is countering the latest comments:
Here's background on where this rumor got started:
And here's Maddow personally mocking the entire right-wing idea: