Newt! [Twenty Minute Coughing Fit]

Gingrich at the RNC. Photo via AP

Have you heard? Something is Very Wrong with Hillary Clinton’s health, according to Fox News, Dr. Drew of all people, and a growing conservative peanut gallery that is simply very concerned about her supposed inability to walk, sit up, or think good, and who dissect every cough and sniffle she produces. On Monday, as Newt Gingrich was doing just that, he started coughing. Bring in the National Guard!

The Los Angeles Times reports that Gingrich was in the middle of concern-trolling Secretary Clinton on Sean Hannity’s radio show when he was gripped by a passing case of poetic irony.

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First we have:

“Her cough is much deeper than his and lasts much longer, so I don’t know what her problem is,” said Gingrich, who unsuccessfully ran for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. “But I would think both for her own help and to reassure the country, that she ought to do something about this. And I’m really surprised her doctors are not more aggressive.”

And then we have:

Minutes later, as the pair discussed the presidential campaign, Gingrich abruptly coughed in a dry, hacking manner.

“Now you sound like Hillary. Can I get you a drink of water?” Hannity said before adding that Gingrich’s cough “didn’t last 4 minutes and 20 seconds, thank God.”

“No, I’m in good shape. At least I’m in better shape than Hillary,” Gingrich replied.

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Gingrich added that his throat gets dry from flying. Unlike Hillary Clinton, who apparates everywhere she goes in a cloud of grippe and smallpox germs and light Ebola and a gaping open head wound.

The coughing fit starts at 1:01:50 in the video below and I encourage you to fully evaluate it vis-a-vis Newt’s fitness to continue talking in public.

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Anna Merlan

Anna Merlan was a Senior Reporter at G/O Media until September 2019. She's the author of Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power.

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