The Lincoln Project, a political action committee formed by current and former Republicans who oppose President Trump, released its latest ad yesterday, which questions Trump's health.
Called "#TrumpIsNotWell," it begins with a voiceover saying, "Something's wrong with Donald Trump," and shows scenes that include Trump struggling to bring a glass of water to his mouth and walk down a ramp, and him going up the stairs to Air Force One with toilet paper under his shoe. The voiceover calls him "shaky" and "weak," and says White House reporters should be covering his, quote, "secretive midnight run to Walter Reed Medical Center," referring to his abrupt visit last fall for what was later said was doing part of his annual physical early. The ad concludes that it's time, quote, "we talk about this: Trump is not well."
The ad isn't sitting well with at least one disability activist, even as others say Trump's health is fair game as the claim he's mocked a disabled reporter and calls presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden"Sleepy Joe," and suggesting he's cognitively impaired. Rebecca Cokley, director of the Disability Justice Initiative at the liberal Center for American Progress, wrote in a Washington Post op-ed yesterday that when people who aren't doctors diagnose Trump with health problems it hurts people who are disabled.
She wrote: "Every single professional with a disability I know has been questioned privately and publicly about whether their 'condition' hinders their ability to do their job." She stated that someone's ability to, quote, "use a ramp or drink from a glass of water has no bearing on whether someone can fulfill the essential functions of a job." She said the focus should instead be on Trump's policies and actions as president.