Nearly all of Fox News' evening news shows ridiculed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for having to postpone her testimony on the Benghazi attack because of a concussion she suffered after fainting due to dehydration. Their mockery was an attempt to downplay the concussion and suggest Clinton was faking injury to avoid giving testimony, a notion the State Department has called "wild speculation based on no information."
The Washington Post reported on December 15 that Clinton sustained a concussion after she fainted due to dehydration while at home a week prior. After the incident, the State Department explained that Clinton would have to postpone her testimony about the attack on Benghazi due to the concussion.
Following the State Department's announcement, Fox News contributor John Bolton, appearing on On The Record, suggested Clinton was faking "diplomatic illness" to avoid testifying about Benghazi. The State Department's Victoria Nuland lashed out at Bolton for his remarks, labeling them "wild speculation based on no information."
Now Fox News' evening shows have decided to join Bolton in accusing Clinton of faking her condition and make it seem she is trying to avoid giving her testimony. Co-host of Fox News' The Five, Kimberly Guilfoyle, accused Clinton of running "a duck and cover" after suffering the concussion. Co-host Greg Gutfeld went on to ask, "How can she get a concussion when she has been ducking everything [related to Benghazi]?"
Fox's Special Report was next to take a stab at Clinton. A regular Fox News guest and contributor to the show, Charles Krauthammer, claimed Clinton is "suffering from acute Benghazi allergy which causes lightheadedness when she hears the word 'Benghazi.'"
During Fox's The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly said of Clinton's concussion: "If she was in the NFL I wouldn't let her play, but I think she can make a phone call."
Finally, during Fox's Hannity, host Sean Hannity lauded Krauthammer for describing Clinton's concussion as the result of a "Benghazi allergy" during his appearance on Special Report, prompting the two to laugh at Clinton's expense.
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