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RUSH: Oh, by the way, you heard the latest? While all the news on the terrorist was being uncovered and reported yesterday, you know what CNN was doing? Reporting on how many Diet Cokes a day Trump drinks. And they even got their in-house doctor, Sanjay Gupta in there to explain how this can lead to dementia. I’m not kidding. You want to hear those bites? I’ve got ’em here. Let’s start with audio sound bite number 13. The indefatigable Brooke Baldwin worried about the Diet Coke consumption of Donald Trump. She’s talking here with gastroenterologist Dr. Samantha Nazareth.

BALDWIN: It’s one thing to say 12 Diet Cokes, 12 Diet Cokes, right? If we’re saying, according to The Times, that he drinks this many, what does this do to the brain and the body every day. What does 12 do to you?

NAZARETH: What happens with 12 is that this essentially replaces what other liquids will provide to your body. So your body, as you know, is mainly water. The good majority of your body is water. Your body needs water to survive to do everything, to speak, to be on TV, everything. And by you drinking this, it’s essentially replacing that area in your body…

BALDWIN: It’s dehydrating.

NAZARETH: Not necessarily dehydrating but it’s replacing a liquid that you can take, which is water. You should be drinking water, not this.

RUSH: Oh, gee. Now, here we go with the parentalism. (imitating Nazareth) “He should be drinking water, not these. Twelve Diet Cokes are replacing the other hydration he would normally be drinking and it’s just not good. It’s not good.” But they don’t tell us why, you just shouldn’t do it.

I know a guy who drinks 15 a day of the giant gulp things. First thing he does waking up in the morning before combing his hair or anything. He gets in the SUV and heads to the nearest, you know, one of those massive gas station places and gets a giant 72-ounce big gulp of Diet Coke. And it’s gone by the time he gets home. Drives home, he’s sucking on the straw the whole time driving home. When he gets home he has to go back and get another one.

You would think he just ordered two of the giant 72-ouncers. This guy goes so far beyond 12 Diet Cokes a day. But we’re not through, here. Brooke Baldwin continued the medical discussion. Remember, while this is happening, there is breaking news about the terrorist attack in New York. This is about 8:45 a.m. yesterday, and here we go the continuation…

BALDWIN: Is this doing anything super-crazy harmful or is it just mean and I’m not getting enough water? Is this doing anything to your bladder, your kidneys?

NAZARETH: Not necessarily. The behaviors that are associated with drinking diet soda, people think that, “If I drink diet soda, can I have that piece of cake now?” Can I be able to do all these other things that —

RUSH: Where do they find these guests?

NAZARETH: — if I have regular soda maybe have to stay away from all these sweets and everything else that may not be so healthy?

RUSH: Where do they find these guests? I mean, this is a gastroenterologist. Look, I drink Diet Coke but it’s not so that I can have a piece of cake. I don’t drink Diet Coke calculating calorie intake. I just happen to like it, and I have about four or five of them a day, after the program and on the golf course. But this idea! This is so cliched. Yes, “people think that if I drink diet soda, can I have that piece of cake now? Can I be able to do all these other things that if I have regular soda maybe have to stay away from all these sweets and everything else that may not be so healthy?”

You know, these people can’t have it both ways. They run around and tell us that sugar is gonna kill us, that caffeine’s gonna kill us, that oat bran’s gonna kill us (or alternately save us). Every day it’s some new health threat with a substance that’s natural and normal that everybody consumes, and then a couple of weeks or couple years later, “Ugh! We were wrong. This actually is not bad for you. Caffeine may actually help prevent Parkinson’s disease,” they tell you.

Anyway, after telling everybody to avoid sugar because of diabetes and calories and rotting teeth, then when people do it, they come along and claim that it’s unhealthy. It’s just not good. They can’t tell you why. So I guess Brooke Baldwin was not satisfied. CNN was not satisfied with the answers they got there from the gastroenterologist, Dr. Samantha Nazareth. So last night, CNN called in Don Lemon, who then called in chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta about a report that Trump drinks 12 Diet Cokes a day. Don Lemon said, “What does that do to you?”

GUPTA: That’s a lot of caffeine! We don’t know if he takes other sources of caffeine. It causes a lot of irritability, insomnia. Sometimes you become more unfocused when you’re drinking that much caffeine.

LEMON: There’s a study released this last year researchers from Boston University School of Medicine found that people who drank one diet soda per take were three times as likely to be diagnosed with dementia or suffer from a stroke.

GUPTA: You tripled, actually, the risk of dementia and stroke linked to diet soda. Is there something about a diet drink, the aspartame or something that’s causing this problem? They don’t know still. Could it be the people who are more risk for stroke and dementia also drink diet sodas?

RUSH: They don’t know! You don’t know anything! You’re just wildly speculating based on a premise that you think Trump is insane, and so now the Diet Cokes… You learn that he drinks 12 a day, so you conclude that it’s the Diet Cokes that are causing Trump to be insane, ’cause you’ve already accepted that Trump’s insane. Now you think you’ve got a reason. And these are scientists! This is the same kind of thinking that gives us hoax-oriented global warming theory and climate change theory. (impression) “I mean, you’ve tripled actually the risk of dementia and stroke linked to diet soda!”

And then in the next sentence: “Is there something about a diet drink that’s causing the problem? We don’t know.” Well, if you don’t know… It’s kind of like if there hasn’t been any proof that the Russians hacked anything, then how can you say Trump colluded with them? So if you believe that Diet Coke leads to dementia or stroke but you don’t know why, then how can you make the claim? By the way, how widespread is the claim that Diet Coke consumption causes dementia or stroke? Trump is 71 years old, and he’s healthier than most of the people covering him.

He’s got more energy than most of the people covering him. He’s got more mental acuity. He’s more intelligent, he knows more — he simply has absorbed more knowledge — than most of those covering him. And jacked up on caffeine? I don’t know. Look, the caffeine content of Diet Coke, I can’t attest to. Everything’s personal. I can’t attest caffeine doesn’t affect me at all. If it does, I’m not aware of it. Nothing I do because of the caffeine hit is based on it. There isn’t one, as far as I know. So this is the kind of stuff, folks — this is the kind of irresponsibility — that could lead to Diet Coke being taken off the market.

I mean, these people are so crazy that if they want to use Diet Coke and 12 cans of it a day to prove that Trump has got dementia, is gonna have dementia, gonna get dementia, gonna have a stroke or has had a stroke, then that’s how they would lead to getting Diet Coke off the market. And it would all be to further establish the connection to Trump’s insanity and dementia and whatever else they claim he is to his Diet Coke consumption.

Did CNN ever do any stories on how much damage to the brain smoking a few joints a day as a teenager or college student could do? We know that Obama was part of a chum gang, churn gang, choom whatever. He smoked marijuana with his buddies. There have been reports that he’s gone back to it since leaving the Oval Orifice. Did CNN ever do any stories on the consumption of joints and marijuana? Of course not because if Obama does it, it’s wonderful. If Obama does it, it’s great. If Obama does it, no harm can come from it.

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