By now it’s common knowledge that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had been diagnosed with pneumonia ever since Friday September 9 and that shortly after an early departure from a September 11 commemoration event at Ground Zero, she was caught on video stumbling into her black van, unsteady on her feet and aided by her security detail. This startling footage of Clinton’s true physical condition coupled with the fact that she has indeed been keeping her health status secret, now casts an uneasy shadow over her campaign to the White House.
The latest development according to The Wall Street Journal is that her campaign office has decided to cancel a planned two-day California trip this week, skipping out of some fundraisers and an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show. It pretty much belies the brave face and kind words Clinton put for the press on some two hours after her wobbly premature departure at the 9/11 memorial ceremony and retreat into her daughter Chelsea’s family apartment in Manhattan’s Flatiron district.
Indeed, upon returning to her Chappaqa, NY home later that Sunday and being examined by her doctor, the latter came clean in her medical statement that the former first lady, US senator and secretary of state had been diagnosed with pneumonia by her since Friday, and that while suffering from overheating and dehydration from being at Ground Zero, Clinton was recovering nicely and should eventually bounce back.
While the Clinton campaign did not deign to answer questions as to why their candidate’s true condition was kept from the public, her Republican opponent Donald Trump was quick to seize on the opportunity and talked about Clinton’s health issues as covered by FOX News, insinuating that her Ground Zero episode proved that she did not have both “mental and physical stamina” to take on the many adversaries faced by America like ISIS.
It should be noted that Trump is 70 years old, two years Clinton’s senior. However pneumonia is supposed to be a serious condition for people 65 years and above, and it also has several types dependent on whether it’s caused by a virus, bacteria or fungi. The medical statement released by Clinton’s doctor also didn’t specify the type of pneumonia she’s suffering, save that she has been given antibiotics and recommended bed rest.
At the moment the Clinton campaign finds itself saddled with trying to resolve a double whammy of slip-ups, namely her condition and the attempts to minimalize it (a coughing fit in a previous speech was attributed to allergies for instance), and her Friday statement to her campaign donors that half of the Trump supporters were a collection of “deplorable” racists, sexists, xenophobes and Islamaphobes, something she later regretted saying, but had caused the Republican party to further unite under Trump’s candidacy.
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