Bornstein said the incident, which he described as a "raid," took place days after he told The New York Times that Trump takes Propecia, a drug for men with enlarged prostates that helps with hair growth. Bornstein also made headlines during the 2016 presidential campaign when he declared Trump would be "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency." read more
When Dr. Harold Bornstein described in hyperbolic prose then-candidate Donald Trump's health in 2015, the language he used was eerily similar to the style preferred by his patient. It turns out the patient himself wrote it, according to Bornstein. "He dictated that whole letter. I didn't write that letter," Bornstein told CNN on Tuesday. "I just made it up as I went along." The admission is an about face from his answer more than two years when the letter was released and answers one of the lingering questions about the last presidential election. The letter thrust the eccentric Bornstein, with his shoulder-length hair and round eyeglasses, into public view. read more
"When the political system is widely seen as doing its job, somebody like Trump, who violates its basic norms, is seen as illegitimate. A politician who blatantly lies doesn't stand a chance. But this changes when more and more people come to believe that the system is rigged and that most politicians don't have their best interests in mind. Amid such a "crisis of legitimacy," voters don't particularly care whether a politician plays by the rules of the game. Instead, they long for somebody who bluntly states how rotten the system really is. In this kind of context, voters no longer abhor detectable lies, or even racist statements, in quite the same way as you'd expect. On the contrary, they start to see such visible violations of basic norms as proof that their favorite candidate really is different from everybody else."