Reality check: A visit to Dr. Oz is no indicator Trump’s healthy

I don’t know about you, but anytime I’ve golfed it wasn’t the healthiest of pursuits. 

First of all there’s the beer cart. Second there’s the 19th hole. Third, there are usually cigars involved. In all I spend most of my day sitting on my rear end in a electric golf cart drinking beer, smoking cigars and trying to avoid anything that remotely resembles exercise.

But whatever, that’s me. 

Republican Presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Trump to hold outdoor rally in New Hampshire on Saturday Eighty-eight years of debt pieties MORE is another matter. In an interview with noted physician and TV star Dr. Oz, Trump credits golf as one of the reasons he’s so darn healthy.

I know Trump doesn’t drink. I’m not sure if he smokes, but sitting in that cart all day snarfing down salty pretzels and diet colas can’t be all that great for one’s overall health either. 

Somewhat like his shirtless idol Vladimir Putin, Trump credited his virility to speaking engagements on the campaign trail. 

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“It's a lot of work. when I'm speaking in front of 15 and 20,000 people and up there using a lot of motion, I guess in its own way it's pretty healthy, a pretty healthy act. I really enjoy doing it,” the millionaire developer told the TV doctor. “A lot of times these rooms are very hot, like saunas, and I guess that is a form of exercise.”

I guess he’s not a germaphobe either. Hot rooms full of sweaty people with spittle hanging from their lips after they’ve been shouting epithets at immigrants sounds decidedly unhealthy. If the crowd didn’t raise one’s blood pressure, the soup of bacteria, viruses and decay carried in a basketful of deplorables seems like it would send the healthiest of us to an ICU or an early grave.

And yet, Trump is so healthy Dr. Oz gave him a thumbs up.

“If a patient of mine had these records, I'd be really happy and I'd send them on their way,” Oz said.

All of this is relevant today because of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSusan Rice sees stock rise in Biden VP race Democrats try to turn now into November The Memo: Unhappy voters could deliver political shocks beyond Trump MORE’s pneumonia and her previous refusal to release medical records. Her stumbling out of a 9-11 memorial ceremony was devastating. The cover of this week’s National Enquirer, where Clinton looks like a cross between a cadaver and Bat Boy from a 1990s edition of the Weekly World News, cements the worry of many voters that she won’t survive a four-year term.

Clinton supporters can turn to Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones for inspiration. After all he’s stumbled through several decades and he’s still cranking out some amazing jams. Hell, the guy even fell out of a damn coconut tree on some enchanted tropical island, landed on his head and turned up alive for the Stones’ next three tours.

There’s no way a presidential campaign is as grueling as a Stones tour. Period. 

It is really fascinating that Trump would visit Dr. Oz for a check-up. I loved comedian James Corden’s take on the phenomenon. He suggested Trump could visit Maury next and declare he’s the father of some illegitimate child or that Hillary Clinton could visit Judge Judy for legal advice on her email servers.

Come to think of it Trump would make a great guest on Cordon’s carpool karaoke, Wouldn’t it be fun to see him sing the Stones’ You can’t always get what you want?” 

Girardot is a former editor and columnist with the Los Angeles News Group. He is co-author of true crime tales "A Taste For Murder" and the soon-to-be released "Cocaine Cops: An insider's tale of brutality, greed and corruption in the NYPD." Follow him on Twitter @FrankGirardot


 

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