According to The Daily Beast, several Fox News stars such as Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery and Sean Hannity have recently speculated that former Vice President and current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is hiding health issues from the public.
Such claims are similar to previous rumors spread ahead of the 2016 presidential election by Fox News pundits regarding Hillary Clinton. On a May 29th broadcast of Fox News’ The Five, Kennedy asserted that Democrats working on various campaigns were gossiping about Biden’s health. She said,
“He is much more like Hillary Clinton, because if you talk to Democrats, who are working for different campaigns, all of the aggressive gossip whisperers—and this is where the action is happening in terms of opposition research—it’s people having a few drinks at a bar and whispering, ‘You know there is something wrong with the former vice president,’” she claimed. “But that’s what they are actively doing right now. And it is surprising because they are concerned with taking Biden down and getting their candidate out there.”
Since then, Kennedy and other speakers on Fox News have continued to make comparisons between Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton regarding Biden’s health. For example, Sean Hannity has speculated about Biden’s health on his own show. He said, “Joe Biden’s tired. He does not have the energy for this. He’s not up for this challenge. They’re already hiding him like they hid Hillary. They don’t want him out there.”
In the past, news personalities and reporters have faced criticism for making baseless claims about politicians’ health. However, such claims about various political figures’ health may continue into the next election cycle.