Robert Mueller’s lackluster testimony before Congress this week has one Fox News contributor questioning his mental health.
Switching roles from political commentator to amateur doctor, Rachel Campos-Duffy unofficially diagnosed the former special counsel with “early-stage dementia” for his apparent inability to recall key aspects of his report.
Campos-Duffy’s assertion came during the Fox News program Outnumbered on Friday. The show included a panel discussion of the Mueller’s long-awaited appearance before Congress.
“We saw what we saw,” said Campos-Duffy. “I thought the lawyer was a visiting angel, not a lawyer. He is in early-stage dementia.”
At that point, she was interrupted by liberal panelist Jessica Tarlov.
“That is so dangerous. Really!? she interjected. “You’re a doctor, and you’ve seen him!?” “Don’t do it,” said Tarlov. “Do not talk about peoples’ health you have no idea about,” she added.
Everyone’s a doctor
In recent times, it has become somewhat fashionable for members of the media — journalists, commentators, etc. – to speculate on the health of politicians and other public figures, often putting forth possible diagnoses without specific knowledge of the underlying facts.
President Donald Trump has long been one of the biggest targets of this rhetorical approach. Members of the left have assessed him as having just about every psychological condition in the book.
But, it hasn’t exclusively been liberals engaging in this practice. The right has also at times has attempted to assign medical diagnoses to political opponents, particularly with regard to Hillary Clinton and the health concerns she appeared to experience during the 2016 campaign.
“We saw what we saw”
Campos-Duffy, however, refused to back down from her opinion, arguing that it would be problematic indeed if Mueller conducted the Russia probe while in the state of mind she observed during the hearing. “We were told he was sharp as a tack,” she said. “We all saw what we saw.”
Robert Mueller appeared before the House Intelligence Judiciary and Intelligence Committees on Wednesday to discuss his far-reaching investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and Russian collusion with Donald Trump’s campaign. Regrettably, what we saw was a man who struggled to recall details of the report bearing his name, who misheard questions and who repeatedly stammered through answers and non-answer obfuscations. But, as Outnumbered host Harris Faulkner, concluded, “we aren’t doctors.”
Instead of attacking Mueller, other observers have pitied him, suggesting that he never truly led the investigation, but was merely installed as a figurehead to lend credibility to the endeavor — and this is the reason that he seemed so out of the loop. Perhaps, until we have facts that demonstrate otherwise, this is a more appropriate reading of what happened — and we should leave diagnoses to the professionals who possess the training necessary to make them.