The State Department is freakin’ out after former United Nations surrogate John Bolton suggested that Hillary Clinton feigned illness, specifically, an alleged concussion spurred from a fainting-induced flu, to play hooky from a potentially embarrassing appearance before Congress to explain the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.
In an appearance on Fox News, Bolton said that Clinton’s claim that she had fainted because of the flu, hitting her head and suffering a concussion, was what foreign service officers call a “diplomatic illness,” intended to free a diplomat from an unpleasant duty. Clinton was supposed to appear before congressional foreign affairs committees on Thursday to respond to questions about whether security failures opened the way for the Sept. 11 attack.
“This is a diplomatic illness to beat the band,” Bolton asserted. “I mean, I hope it’s nothing serious. But this was revealed in a way that I think was not transparent and I think there is an obligation here.”
Victoria Nuland, a spokeswoman for the State Department, told reporters Tuesday that accusations that Clinton faked her concussion are “completely untrue.”
She said Bolton and others who have made such suggestions “are people who don’t know what they’re talking about. It’s unfortunate that in times like this people make wild speculation based on no information.”
I don’t know whether she’s faking or not, but Bolton’s wordage I find amusing. After all, beware of those “diplomatic illnesses,” ought not to take them lightly.