In a hilarious segment on Tuesday, CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield and Dr. Sanjay Gupta picked apart the hyperbole of the so-called “doctor’s note” provided by Donald Trump last December.
Not only does Donald Trump talk like a junior high braggart, but apparently so does his personal physician. And Dr. Gupta questions the unusual and downright unprofessional and medically vague language used in the letter, suggesting it may even be a forgery.
Donald Trump and his surrogates (and internet trolls) have been insinuating that the health of his opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, is failing and that her strength and stamina are not up to the job of the presidency. This was discussed on the CNN show “New Day” and resulted in a hilarious segment on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” with Kimmel taking the Democratic nominee’s pulse.
In response, Banfield and Dr. Gupta chuckled through the ridiculously worded letter provided for Trump by Dr. Jacob Bornstein, a gastroenterologist. Some choice excerpts from Dr. Bornstein’s letter describe Donald Trump in highly exaggerated terms that reek more of product advertising than of a medical assessment.
‘Mr. Trump has had a recent complete medical examination that showed only positive results.’
‘Actually, his blood pressure, 110/64, and laboratory test results were astonishingly excellent.’
‘His physical strength and stamina are extraordinary.’
‘He has no history of ever using alcohol or tobacco products.’
This is despite the fact that the Republican nominee owns a wine label and is 70 years old.
With both CNN personalities laughing, Dr. Gupta said:
‘I don’t even know what to make of this letter … whether you’re a doctor or not, that degree of hyperbole and these types of words being used is very unusual. People don’t write like that … there’s all sorts of language — “strength and stamina are extraordinary” — what does that mean, exactly?’
Dr. Gupta went on to describe the procedures he would use to assess the health of a patient, such as a treadmill test and muscle strength testing, for which he would provide “objective data.” Dr. Gupta chuckled at the word choices in the letter:
‘”Astonishingly excellent?” These just aren’t terms that are used by the medical community. I don’t know where they come from.’
Another set of word choices also raised the red flag for Dr. Gupta:
‘”They [laboratory tests] showed only positive results.” Now, it’s funny — in medicine — because when something is good, we say it’s a negative result, meaning that it did not appear when we did the exam. Positive results actually mean quite the opposite.’
‘Calling things “test scores” instead of results — his PSA test scores was this — as though it was the SAT exam versus a blood test.’
‘It’s a strange letter that’s absurd to look at it at face value.’
Mocking the letter with Ashleigh Banfield isn’t the only thing that real doctor Sanjay Gupta had to say about Trump’s ridiculous doctor’s note. According to a report filed by Dr. Gupta:
‘Dr. Bornstein signs the letter as a fellow of the American College of Gastroenterologists, but when we spoke to the association, they said he hasn’t been a member there in more than 20 years.’
The video clips below show both Banfield’s commentary and Dr. Gupta’s concerns about the legitimacy of Trump’s doctor’s note:
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