Posted: 9:53 pm Sunday, September 11th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
Hours after Hillary Clinton suddenly left a 9-11 ceremony in New York on Sunday morning and seemed to be on the verge of physical collapse, the Clinton campaign told reporters that the candidate had been diagnosed with pneumonia last Friday, and had simply become dehydrated and “overheated.”
The medical troubles forced Clinton to scrap two days of campaign stops scheduled in California on Monday and Tuesday, but also raised new questions about why officials had been so secretive about her medical troubles – especially after last week, where critics had repeatedly zeroed in Clinton’s cough during several days of campaign stops.
Statement from Clinton's longtime physician, Dr. Lisa Bardack, M.D.: Clinton has pneumonia, has been advised to rest pic.twitter.com/HIPcAnhRbY
— Ruby Cramer (@rubycramer) September 11, 2016
But there weren’t many details offered by the Clinton medical team, which allowed the story to churn and spin its way through social media with predictable results.
“A lie like everything else that comes out of her mouth,” said one person on my Facebook page.
“Lies and cover ups there’s the title of your new book Jamie,” chimed in another person.
But on the other side, supporters rallied behind Clinton, saying she was just trying to keep her schedule despite being ill.
Respect to Hillary Clinton for powering through pneumonia. I got the flu and pneumonia at the same time last year and couldn't do anything.
— Isabel Song (@IsabelSong) September 12, 2016
As a reporter, it was very notable that the pneumonia diagnosis was not issued until after there was the Sunday morning trouble – it raises the distinct question of whether the Clinton campaign would have ever revealed that diagnoses, if not for her own medical problems today.
The thing about Hillary's "incident" today is not that it fuels speculation about her health, but reconfirms doubts about her honesty.
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) September 12, 2016
In the end, two very different pictures of Clinton were painted on Sunday in New York – one, was a video that showed her in definite medical distress, while the second video was later in the morning, where she was seemingly fine when leaving her daughter’s apartment.
One other notable thing about Sunday is that Donald Trump stayed off of Twitter and out of the limelight on this issue, as he did not say anything directly about Clinton’s health troubles.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.