But The Gadfly would like to go back just a few weeks here, forget the crap of the past several days, back to something that occurred which, had it happened with any other Democratic, or Republican presidential candidate in recent memory, would have destroyed that candidacy in one fell swoop.
Let's review shall we, the wholly bizarre and fantastically bullshit story surrounding Drumpf's doctor's letter, from last December, and only now getting some attention, which purportedly attests to his 'yooooogely' terrific physical fitness for the office to which he aspires.
Let us take a measured, thorough look at this amazing letter and the dishearteningly absent implications (thank you American useless fucking media!) for this presidential race.
Here is the full letter from Trump's doctor:
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Allow The Gadfly to begin his analysis from the top mkay -- because the bullshit starts right out of the starting gate.
So let us, for sake of argument agree that, as stated in the very first sentence of the letter body, that Harold N. Bornstein, M.D., P.C. has been Donald Drumpf's "personal physician since 1980." Ok -- no issues there. And that Harold Bornstein's father Jacob was Drumpf's previous physician - ok - fine. So the father and son doctors have a shared practice and both have had Mr. Drumpf as their patient -- no big deal right?
Except for one little anomaly -- Dr. Jacob Bornstein has been deceased (as in dead, as in dearly departed, as in kicked the bucket, as in corpus delecti) since 2010. So why does a dead doctor's name still appear on the letterhead of a serious physician's formal correspondence? The Gadfly calls BULLSHIT on this one.
Oh but The Gadfly is just getting started with the freakish spectacle of this letter dear readers. Shall we go on?
Next in the letterhead we see the standard address, phone and fax numbers of the living/dead doctor duo's practice. Totally normal (once again, if not for the doctor dad being 6 years dead). But next up we have something that is completely abnormal --- Dr. Bornstein puts his email as email@example.com. Now -- every professional analysis of this very strange letter that the Gadfly has read to date is unanimous in the view that a medical professional who is using the unsecure email platform of Google email as a method of communicating with either their patients or other medical professionals, completely flies in the face of the HIPAA law which is 20 year old federal legislation, that among other things, provides data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding people's medical information.
A medical professional using Gmail is utterly ridiculous. No physician in their right mind, or who is a serious, no bullshit medical professional, would ever think of using Gmail as a communication platform in their practice. So the Gadfly is going to call BULLSHIT! on that part of this goofy letter too.
Next we see the website address of Dr. Bornstein listed as www.haroldbornsteinmd.com. Ok -- Doctors aren't prohibited from advertising their practice's web sites - right? Funny thing about Dr. Bornstein's website though -- when you click on it (and please try it for yourself) you get redirected instantly to a website selling an annoying, birthday singing Teddy Bear. Imagine that! And remember, this letter was purportedly written by a medical professional and offered up by Mr. Drumpf and his surrogates to the American public and press as a thoroughly legitimate and serious document. The Gadfly calls BULLSHIT! on the website too.
Ok -- so that is the nonsense that exists just in the letter head alone kids. Let us move on to the body of the letter itself now, shall we?
After the first sentence stating that the Bornstein dead father/living son doctor duo have been Drumpf's physicians (the son since 1980), we come to the next sentence which states:
"Over the past 39 years, I am pleased to report that Mr. Trump has had no significant medical problems."
It is now 2016, 39 years puts Mr. Drumpf's medical record as being unblemished since 1977 - 3 years before Harold Bornstein says he became Drumpf's full-time physician. But let's not quibble about those 3 measly little years mkay? .. there's better stuff to pick apart here. Oh -- btw -- just curious -- The Gadfly wonders how Dr. Bornstein would define the words "significant" and "problems" in that statement ... just asking.
Next the letter goes on to state:
"Mr. Trump has had a recent complete medical examination that showed only positive results. Actually, his blood pressure, 110/65 and laboratory test results were astonishingly excellent."
Some simple follow up questions might be helpful here. How "recent" was the exam? Last week? Last month? Last year? And what about those lab results? If Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and Mitt Romney's doctors could release their patient's lab results (which all three did while they were (and are) presidential candidates) in their letters, why can't Drumpf's doctor release his? And what kind of doctor uses the phrase "astonishingly excellent" when describing a patient's lab results -- if you ask The Gadfly that term sounds amazingly uncanny like it could have come straight out of the braggart Drumpf's mouth his self. The Gadfly calls astonishingly manufactured BULLSHIT! on this statement.
Let's move on in the letter:
"Over the past twelve months, he has lost at least fifteen pounds. Mr. Trump takes 81 mg of aspirin daily and a low dose of statin. His PSA test score is 0.15 (very low). His physical strength and stamina are extraordinary."
LOL! Ok - so Drumpf has lost a few pounds over a year's time, takes an aspirin a day to keep the doctor away, takes a low does of cholesterol medication and has had a normal prostate (PSA) exam. Whoop-dee-fucking-doo. That kind of trivial information is not helpful to people when it comes to assessing a candidate's physical fitness for one of the most, if not most, important and seriously stressful jobs in the world - POTUS. That crap is just filler/fluff info to make the letter appear more important than what it is. And as far as Drumpf's "physical strength and stamina" being assessed as "extraordinary," The Gadfly wants to know what kind of testing was performed which prompted the good "doctor" to make that audacious claim. As such, all be told about this entire statement, once again The Gadfly calls BULLSHIT!
And then we come to the final two paragraphs of this astonishingly BULLSHIT! letter:
"Mr. Trump has suffered no form of cancer, has never had a hip, knee or shoulder replacement or any other orthopedic surgery. His only surgery was an appendectomy at age ten. His cardiovascular status is excellent. He has no history of ever using alcohol or tobacco products.
If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency."
Other than the cancer thing, the other crap is all superfluous drivel. Orthopedic issues and minor surgeries (he really had to mention the 60 year old appendectomy?? OMG!--LOL!) have never been a litmus test for qualifications of the presidency. FDR was crippled with polio and he somehow managed to steer America, during 12 years of his presidency, out of the Great Depression and to victory over the Nazis in WW2 -- oh and believe it or not, the man actually had a cigarette and a stiff drink now and then while doing so.
Sigh ... and now we come to the merciful closing of the good "doctor's" letter - but even here we get another load of BULLSHIT!
"Dr." Bornstein signs the letter as such:
"Harold N. Bornstein, M.D., F.A.C.G.
Department of Medicine, Section of Gastrointerology
Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY"
Seems like a normal signature line --- unless of course one is an enterprising sleuth who likes to gather facts to either support or refute certain claims. And lo and behold - someone did actually follow up on it and looked in to it.
Another physician decided to check out the doctor's claim of being part of the “section of gastroenterology” at Lennox Hill hospital He isn't. There is no such "section." There is a "division" of gastroenterology at that hospital to which The Gadfly's detractors will screech -- "you see it's just semantics!!! you're just out to get poor Donald Mr. Gadfly!" .... but alas, the good doctor, as is the case, is not part of that "division" either. Also -- the F.A.C.G. stands for Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology. Somebody checked on that too. Bornstein hasn't had membership in that organization since 1995 and they have kindly requested he stop putting the letters in his signature line of his correspondence considering he hasn't been credentialed by them for 21 years.
So now that it has been fairly clearly established that Drumpf's doctor's letter is a steaming pile of fabricated BULLSHIT!! -- the biggest question that comes to The Gadfly's mind is -- why? Why would Drumpf go to such lengths to deceive the American public about his health. Is it like with his taxes -- that there is information so damaging in it's truthfulness that it would utterly destroy his credibility (not like he hasn't destroyed it already with his boorish and ignorant rantings to date)? What is he hiding. Inquiring Gadflies want to know.
In summary, The Gadfly is going to offer up this simple observation. It's kinda of interesting and supremely ironic that Drumpf's primary care physician of 30 years is a Gastroenterologist which The Gadfly's hand-dandy web dictionary defines as:
It makes complete, unequivocal sense that Drumpf has as his primary care doctor someone whose specialty is treating patients who are mainfestly full of shit on the inside.
Oh -- and btw -- go watch this Rachel Maddow clip where she analyze's the thoroughly hilarious and yet also frightening interview that NBC News did with Drumpf's doctor. Jeebus almighty. Drumpf's doctor is either Rodney Dangerfield's mythical doctor, Dr. Vinnie Boombotz, or he's some asshat who took one too many acid trips in the 60's and somehow still managed to get issued a medical license.