Dr. Harold Bornstein shocked the world when he lauded then-candidate Donald Trump’s health in 2015 after the reality TV star announced his formal candidacy for president.
Even more shocking was the Trumpian language he used to describe the health of the man who would come to lead the free world.
At the time, Bornstein indicated that Trump may have suggested some of the language in the letter, but CNN has just learned the unsurprising truth – Trump dictated the whole thing.
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“He dictated that whole letter. I didn’t write that letter. I just made it up as I went along,” Bornstein said.
The pivot from his 2016 admission would have been astonishing back then, but in 2018, Trump singing his own praises and forcing someone else to issue them as truth with no regard toward facts is how Sarah Huckabee Sanders gets that perfect smokey eye.
Jokes aside, the clean bill of health did not seem to describe any living member of the Trump family:
“His physical strength and stamina are extraordinary. If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”
A preposterously generous description of a man who would go on to follow Angela Merkel around Germany in a golf cart while every other world leader, including Merkel herself, walked on their own two feet.
Additionally perplexing was the absence of any evidence supporting Bornsteins claims, aside from Trump’s 110/65 blood pressure reading and an insistence Trump had lost 15 pounds from 2014 to 2015.
Initially, as major media outlets ignored the very real possibility of a Trump presidency and leaned on his brash behavior for ratings, the clean bill of health was forgotten. But as Republican primary after Republican primary went to Trump, speculation about his fitness to be president came back to the spotlight.
Bornstein was again pressed about the letter and, without the presence of his overbearing patient, gave a far more professional response, listing things such as Trump’s height, weight and prescription medications.
Eventually, in September of 2016, he claimed the language in the first letter was a result of being pressed for time, as his patient load was too great the day the letter was drafted.
In an interview with CNN’s Drew Griffin he said:
“I was just rushed for time. I had people to see. Did I really write that letter? Yeah.”
Today, the eccentric Bornstein has re-entered the spotlight, as his claim that Trump’s lackey ex-bodyguard Keith Schiller robbed his office as Schiller retrieved Trump’s medical records.
As a result, it seems Bornstein is finally coming clean. He said Trump read out his preferred language as Bornstein and his wife were driving across Central Park.
“That’s black humor, that letter. That’s my sense of humor. It’s like the movie ‘Fargo’: It takes the truth and moves it in a different direction. (Trump) dictated the letter and I would tell him what he couldn’t put in there. They came to pick up their letter at 4 o’clock or something.”
Unfortunately for American citizens, Trump’s presidency is nothing like the movie ‘Fargo’: the plot is incoherent, the cast of characters is constantly changing, and worst of all, it’s going on much longer than ‘Fargo’s’ 98-minute runtime.