How Doctor Who explains Donald Trump's dark whispers about Hillary Clinton's health

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On Monday in Ohio, Donald Trump suggested (in a teleprompter speech) that rival Hillary Clinton "lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS and all of the many adversaries we face — not only in terrorism, but in trade and every other challenge we must confront to turn our great country around." The Clinton camp, and many outside observers, took that comment as a nod to conspiracy theories about Clinton's health that have be spread around in the internet's fever swamps as well as Trump-friendly media outlets like The Drudge Report, Sean Hannity's Fox News show, and the National Enquirer. (You can find a summary of the debunked #HillaryHealth claims at BBC News.)

The Clinton campaign accused Trump of "peddling deranged conspiracy theories" and released a letter from Clinton's doctor reiterating that the former secretary of state "is in excellent health and fit to serve as president of the United States." On Thursday, Clinton strategist Joel Benenson told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell that the "ludicrous" and "ridiculous" theories being spread online "do not even rise to a level of rebuttal." Then he offered one. "Hillary Clinton flew around the world as secretary of state," he said. "People saw her stamina testifying against Congress for 11 hours and not wavering for one minute."

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Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.