On Sunday, the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks grew dramatic for an unanticipated reason. Hillary Clinton reportedly became “overheated” and abruptly left Ground Zero, and footage of her departure didn’t look good. Clinton stumbled and almost had to be lifted into her waiting vehicle, where she was ferried to her daughter’s apartment. After a short rest, Clinton was seen exiting Chelsea’s flat and broadly smiling to the press in the above photo. She claimed she felt “great,” but the incident raised serious questions. Any rational person can conclude that something is amiss, which could derail a campaign less than 60 days from the general election.
Clinton, who is 68 years old, stood for 90 minutes in 80 degree heat while wearing a pantsuit and (possibly) a bulletproof vest. This isn’t quite enough to quell suspicions, let alone quiet the Alt-Right fringe members who are shouting on social media. CNN soon scolded Fox News for jumping on the story (as a “medical episode”) before any details were confirmed. This became a battle of media ethics, but now Team Clinton is trying to mop up the situation. Dr. Lisa R. Bardack issued a public statement that includes details about last weekend’s cough (which Clinton joked was an allergy to Donald Trump) and a further pneumonia development:
“Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule. While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely.”
Clinton’s upcoming itinerary is fairly packed (as expected) with stops in California and Nevada during the first half of the week. There’s no word on whether she’s planning to cancel any of her many scheduled fundraisers or campaign stops after today’s events.
(Via New York Times)