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Trump spokeswoman claims Clinton has rare brain disease

A top spokesperson for Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDeath toll in Northern California wildfire rises to 48: authorities Graham backs bill to protect Mueller Denham loses GOP seat in California MORE claimed Thursday that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — First lady's office pushes for ouster of national security aide | Trump taps retired general as ambassador to Saudis | Mattis to visit border troops | Record number of female veterans to serve in Congress Election Countdown: Lawsuits fly in Florida recount fight | Nelson pushes to extend deadline | Judge says Georgia county violated Civil Rights Act | Biden, Sanders lead 2020 Dem field in poll | Bloomberg to decide on 2020 by February What midterm exit polls tell us about 2020 MORE has brain damage that impairs her ability to communicate. 

Speaking on MSNBC, Katrina Pierson alleged that Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, has a disorder called dysphasia, a condition brought on by brain trauma that erodes a person’s ability to speak or comprehend language. 

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“What’s new are the other reports or observations of Hillary Clinton’s behavior or mannerisms … as well as her dysphasia, the fact that she’s fallen, she has had a concussion, there are really interesting things out there,” Pierson said.

Trump has long claimed that Clinton lacks the physical stamina to be president and has stated repeatedly that she takes weekends off to catch up on her sleep.

But the GOP nominee and his campaign have not directly engaged with conspiracy theories, circulated on ultra-right wing blogs and talk shows, that Clinton’s health is badly deteriorating and that the media is complicit in a cover-up. 

There is no evidence to back those claims up, and Clinton’s physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack, has repeatedly stated that the former secretary of State is fit to serve. 

Recently, Bardack released a statement to address the conspiracy theories around apparent falsified medical records with her name on them saying that Clinton has dysphasia.

“These documents are false, were not written by me and are not based on any medical facts,” Bardack said. “To reiterate what I said in my previous statement, Secretary Clinton is in excellent health and fit to serve as President of the United States." 

Pierson on Thursday said Clinton could clear up the confusion by holding a press conference in which she shows she’s capable of fielding questions. 

“It’s important to note that Hillary Clinton has taken a lot of time off the campaign trail,” Pierson said. “It’s something that needs to be addressed, she’s taken a lot of time off the campaign trail. She hasn’t held a press conference this year. Why don’t we just have Mrs. Clinton have a press conference and she can answer all of these questions.”