Many of us were dubious when the White House released a statement that, per “Dr. Ronnie Jackson” Trump’s physical exam “went exceptionally well.” The statement then goes on to add, “The President is in excellent health and I look forward to briefing some of the details on Tuesday.”
Excellent health is counter-intuitive to what we would expect to hear about any many in his 70s who subsists on McDonald’s and chocolate ice cream, and whose workout regimen consists of thumb-cardio via twitter.
But MSNBC‘s Rachel Maddow tweeted a link to a segment of her Friday night broadcast in which she explains her reasons for doubting that Trump’s doctor evven wrote the statement.
Just going to take a wild guess that Dr. Jackson didn’t actually write that note the White House put out. pic.twitter.com/yvZuv7tXrr
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) January 13, 2018
The eagle-eyed Maddow points out that if the examining doctor had actually written the statement, he probably would have spelled his name own first name correctly. She also calls attention to the fact that most doctors sign their name, followed by credentials. Doctors don’t usually refer to themselves as “Doctor Surname” as appears in that statement. Conventionally, we would expect to see “Ronny Jackson, M.D.” rather than “Dr. Ronnie Jackson.”
It is certainly possible that the information release was written and released by a total idiot — there are plenty of those aboard the Trump White House Mothership — and that there is nothing more to see here.
Still, it is hard to trust a president who lies 5.6 times per day, nor a staff who does little more than double or triple down on the veracity of the roughly 5,6 daily lies.
And it’s not just Maddow who’s skeptical of the physical exam, the Young Turks had a field day with another release in which Trump’s private doctor, Harold N Bornstein, said that he was in “astonishingly excellent” shape. It was noted that “astonishingly excellent” sounds an awful lot like what we would expect for Donald Trump to say… about himself… but definitely not something we would expect to hear from an actual doctor. Particularly not with respect to an overweight man in his 70s who is single-handedly keeping a dozen McDonald’s franchise locations in business.