Politico – Hillary Clinton’s health – long the obsession of conspiracy theorists — emerged Sunday as a legitimate campaign issue after Clinton nearly swooned and stumbled at a Sept. 11 commemoration, underscoring the sense that that summer’s sure-thing candidate is flagging at a pivotal moment. The scare was captured on cellphone video showing the wobbly Democratic candidate — who was diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday, according to a report by her doctor and later forwarded to reporters — being lifted into the vehicle by her aides after leaving a memorial service at the site of the 2001 World Trade Center attack.
While attending a 9/11 memorial in New York City, Hillary Clinton briefly collapsed and had to be helped into a van by a number of assistants, as seen in the clip above. Hillary’s health has been an issue throughout the duration of the campaign, although previous concerns about her health came mainly from alt-right conspiracy theorists and fringe political figures like Donald Trump’s Campaign CEO. Prior to this morning’s incident, Hillary’s health was also in the news last week when she blamed her inability to understand complex government terminology like “Secret” and “Top Secret” on memory lapses stemming from a previous concussion.
Newsweek – Hillary Clinton, under questioning by federal investigators over whether she had been briefed on how to preserve government records as she was about to leave the State Department, said she had suffered a concussion, was working part-time and could not recall every briefing she received.
Clinton’s campaign has been quick to attribute her recent incident to a pneumonia diagnosis she received from her personal doctor late last week. Little is known about Clinton’s doctor and she lacks the name recognition and trust that the public associates with her opponent’s physician.
Regardless of the reasoning behind her collapse this morning, Clinton’s health will surely continue to be an incident throughout the rest of the campaign. She will be 69 in November (niiiiice), the same age as Ronald Reagan when he took office in 1980 as America’s oldest President. Her opponent, Donald Trump, is slightly older but his health is significantly less of a concern due to the vigorous exercise regimen and assiduous diet he maintains.
The world was waiting with bated breath to see Trump’s reaction to Clinton’s incident but his staff had briefly seized his Android for a 24 hour period on the 15th anniversary of 9/11 in order to prevent him from once again bragging that his building was the tallest in downtown Manhattan after the Twin Towers fell.
Politico – Only parenthetically in the middle of the 10-minute conversation did Trump turn to a favorite topic—size. “40 Wall Street,” he said, referring to his 71-story building blocks away from the now-collapsed twin towers, “actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually, before the World Trade Center, was the tallest—and then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second-tallest. And now it’s the tallest.”
The liberal mainstream media has been quick to try to sweep the fainting incident under the rug, arguing that there were more more important things to be reflecting on this Sunday. To their credit it is opening Sunday for the NFL.
Shut up Jon, the hot take machine would cease to exist if we waited 24 hours to react to anything. “Info” and “news” are highly overrated and the more of those you have the less hot your takes are.
The Clinton campaign is desperately looking for another story to distract from the media’s focus on Clinton’s health. Their general strategy is to wait for Trump to get his phone back and tweet something, but what if his battery is dead and he can’t get to a charger for a few days, then what? In order to change the media narrative it’s in the Clinton campaign’s best interest to embrace the story and run with it. Clinton’s fainting incident immediately brings to mind the famous Life Alert commercials from the early 1990s. Luckily for her, imagery from those commercials have resurfaced as a popular meme on the internets.
Clinton has begun to struggle with millennial voters due to the trust issues she has with younger Americans who are not old enough to remember the blissfully uneventful tenure she had as First Lady. Millennials love memes more than they love life itself and by acknowledging her health issues and putting some hilariously bold text over images of herself she could begin to retake the gains Trump has made with younger voters. Unfortunately for the campaign, Clinton has typically refused to pander to young people so this strategy would be an abrupt change of pace for her.