Fox Doctor: Trump "Showed An Incredible Degree Of Psychological Strength" With "The Small Hands Issue" At A Debate
Keith Ablow: "To Be Able To Address Such An Intensely Personal Issue ... Showed An Incredible Degree Of Psychological Strength"
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From the August 31 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): Tucker, we are less than a month away from the first presidential debate, and this morning we're learning exactly how Hillary Clinton is planning to get under Donald Trump's skin.
BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): Yep, the Democratic nominee is consulting psychologists about Trump's biggest insecurities to bait him into making mistakes on the debate stage.
TUCKER CARLSON (CO-HOST): Well, psychiatrist and Fox News Medical A-Team's Dr. Keith Ablow is here to assess this strategy. Doctor, it's great to see you this morning. This doesn't sound like a crazy strategy to me, and it's something I think that every presidential candidate does during the debates. You're trying to figure out how to pick at the other guy's weaknesses. Will this work with Trump?
KEITH ABLOW: Well, sure, it's something that every candidate probably does, probably should do. Psychology's a very powerful tool to unearth what does get under people's skin, if you will. But listen, with Donald Trump, kind of what you see is what you get. I have to say, when the small hands issue was raised during the debate, this supposedly got the Clinton campaign very excited. They thought, "Man, he's off his game." He wasn't off his game at all. Freud would have been standing up, like applauding, standing ovation. To be able to address such an intensely personal issue and say, "Listen, there's no problem in that department," to me that showed an incredible degree of psychological strength. With Donald Trump, he may err, he may make errors in saying what he thinks, telling us the truth, saying things that are gritty, perhaps attacking with some unkind words, which he could scale back, but you know what, his demons are on his sleeve. There's not a lot of psychoanalysis that hasn't been presented already.