Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on Thursday dismissed recent questions about the health of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMeghan McCain: 'SNL' parodies made me feel like 'laughing stock of the country' Hill: Trump reelection would spur 'one constitutional crisis after another' Trump defends indicted GOP congressman MORE and medical treatments the Democratic presidential nominee is receiving.
"I think we ought to recognize that's kind of junk medicine," Gingrich said on "Fox and Friends."
"That's not the real deal."
Gingrich was responding to a clip of TV personality Drew Pinsky, a board-certified internist better known as Dr. Drew, expressing concern in an interview earlier this week with KABC radio about the care Clinton is receiving.
"Both of us conclude that if we were providing the care that she was receiving, we'd be ashamed to show up at a doctor's lounge. We'd be laughed out," Pinsky said during the interview, questioning the choice of drugs used to treat her blood clot episodes and hypothyroidism and calling them “old-fashioned medicine.”
"She's receiving sort of 1950s-level sort of care by our evaluation," he said.
"It just seems like she's getting care from somebody that she met in Arkansas when she was a kid and I just, you got to wonder. You got to wonder. It's not so much that her health is a grave concern; it's that the care she's getting could make it a concern."
Gingrich on Thursday first made it clear that he hopes Clinton is healthy.
"Well, I think, first of all, just to get down to the human level for a second, all of us ought to include Hillary Clinton in our prayers," he said.
"You can be opposed to somebody without hoping they have bad health, and I hope that she's all right."
The former Speaker then went on to say he is "always dubious" when a doctor who has never treated a patient gives a "complicated, fancy-sounding analysis."
"I mean, I would be very cautious, and I would recommend to doctors for professional reasons to be very cautious deciding you’re going to start analyzing people," Gingrich said.
"Because next you are going to get a left-wing psychiatrist explaining [Republican presidential nominee] Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE in negative terms."
Such questions have already been raised.
About two weeks ago, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough asked: “This is what everybody is saying — is Donald Trump a sociopath?"
And a California Democrat launched a change.org petition earlier this month calling for Trump to undergo a mental health evaluation, suggesting he may have a narcissistic personality disorder.
The rhetoric has prompted the American Psychiatric Association to warn its members not to offer opinions on someone they haven't personally evaluated.
Gingrich's comments come as the Republican presidential nominee has questioned Clinton's health and stamina, positing in a Monday speech discussing terrorism that she "lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on" the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Allegations that Clinton suffers from serious health problems have bounced around conservative media outlets for several years, despite any solid evidence to support them.
Before Trump’s most recent remarks, such figures as Matt Drudge and Sean Hannity breathed new life into the speculation about Clinton’s health, with the Drudge Report giving top spaces to February photos of Clinton apparently being assisted by two men as she climbed a short staircase.