Hillary Clinton spent just 90 minutes at a 9/11 memorial event yesterday afternoon before being whisked away to her daughter’s apartment in New York City. The Democratic presidential nominee reportedly collapsed due to overheating and dehydration, forcing her team to rush her off-site, where she could rehydrate and cool down. What might have appeared to be a minor incident was then exacerbated by an announcement from the candidate’s physician. "On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia," Dr. Lisa Bardack wrote. "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." Of course, it then became clear that Clinton’s incident at the memorial event was symptomatic of pneumonia – a sickness that her campaign had evidently made major efforts to conceal until yesterday.
This entire debacle has brought questions surrounding Hillary’s health back into the media spotlight (although it feels as though they never really left). Republicans, including presidential nominee Donald Trump, have claimed that Hillary is physically unfit to serve in the White House, citing several instances that have forced speculation over the former Secretary of State’s health. While her doctor has repeatedly stated that Clinton maintains a clean bill of health, receiving medications only for hypothyroidism and blood clots, this has not assuaged concerns from the Right.
“One of the good things about the way we run for president is that it also is very physically and emotionally exhausting, and in that way it serves as a good dry run,” said a leading Republican strategist. “We have two candidates who are senior citizens and I think it is good and right that the American public demands a full accounting of their health.” Calls for both Trump and Clinton to release their medical records are nothing new, as this has been a recurring theme throughout this election involving two senior citizen candidates. Even Trump has said that he will release his medical records once Clinton does so, placing pressure on her campaign.
The Left has dismissed concerns regarding Clinton’s numerous health scares over the past few years as pure conspiracies, blaming Right-wing nutjobs for searching for smoke where there is no fire. However, it appears that this dismissive attitude is changing after Sunday’s incident. According to Cokie Roberts, a respected journalist and author, Establishment Democrats are anxious about Clinton’s health.
“The fact that [this health scare] comes now when the polls are tightening and Democrats are already saying that Hillary was the only candidate who could not beat Trump and it is taking her off of the campaign trail, canceling her trip to California – it has [Democrats] very nervously beginning to whisper about having her step aside and finding another candidate.”
Roberts then spoke about the possibility that Clinton could be replaced by current VP Joe Biden on the Democratic ticket. “I think it is unlikely to be a real thing,” she explained. “And I’m sure it is an overreaction of an already skittish party. But you know, they have looked at what happens in that circumstance. The Democratic National Committee chair convenes the committee and they vote. Now ironically, the candidate who everybody looks at is Joe Biden, who is older than Hillary Clinton.”
While it may not be Biden’s time to shine, Roberts’ claims that Democrats are growing worried about Clinton’s health are serious. Do they know something about Clinton’s conditions that the American public simply does not?
What do you think about Roberts’ claims?