Get ready for a new tactic politicians may use when trying to deflect attention drawn from an inconvenient investigation: sympathy via very bad health news.
As the whole Fusion GPS-Russian dossier scandal began to unravel away from President Trump and towards those who maliciously distributed it and the FBI’s involvement, a new development occurred.
McCain left his doctor’s office at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix after a routine checkup only to be called on the phone shortly after leaving. He was informed he had a blood clot over his left eye. He says his doctor told him, “‘You’ve got to come back.’ And I said, ‘Hey, today is Friday. I’ll just come in on Monday.’ And she said, ‘No, you have to come now. It’s very serious’…”They thought it was serious enough that they had to act immediately.”
— CBS News, 9/22/17
The heat began to turn up on McCain.
Sen. John McCain may find himself facing serious questions following the disclosure that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research utilized in the infamous, largely discredited 35-page dossier on President Donald Trump.
In December, it was McCain who notoriously passed the controversial dossier documents produced by the Washington opposition research firm Fusion GPS to then FBI Director James Comey, whose agency reportedly utilized the dossier as some of the basis for its probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
— Breitbart, 10/25/17
It was shortly after that public revelation that we were told McCain had even more issues.
As his doctors can’t be compelled to verify, we can only go by McCain’s word and what we see.
“Senator McCain was treated at Walter Reed Medical Center over the weekend for a minor tear in his right Achilles tendon, as well as for other normal and non-life-threatening side effects of cancer therapy,” his office said in a statement on Monday.
— Fox News, 11/6/17
His “right” or ours?
Does he really have a “right” Achilles tear? Does he really have brain cancer?
Does he really think everyone else is that stupid?
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Thursday clarified that his walking boot is on his right foot, adding that he switched it to his left to “give it a break.”
— The Hill, 11/23/17
That answers that.