And there’s no reason to think it won’t happen again.
First Hillary Clinton had allergies that drove her into coughing fits at speaking events.
Then, she was overheated.
Next, she was dehydrated.
Now, she has pneumonia.
What is it, really? It’s an open question after an amateur video surfaced on Twitter of Clinton wobbling and nearly falling to the ground as she awaited a car to pick her up from a 9/11 memorial service yesterday.
No reporters were there to capture the event themselves since Clinton, without warning, made an abrupt departure from the ceremony and refused to allow what’s called a “protective press pool” of reporters to travel with her at all times.
No matter how big or how small the health issue may be, it’s clear Clinton is trying to hide her health problems from the press. She admitted being diagnosed with pneumonia only after she was caught on camera stumbling. And the illness is so serious that she has cancelled fundraising events this week. But, had that video not been taken, no one would know about it. Thus, it remains an open question what health problems she really is suffering from and why it’s been kept out of the press.
Compounding to this problem is something that most of the press isn’t acknowledging: This isn’t Clinton’s first major health stumble.
As recently as 2012, Clinton sustained a concussion after she fainted. The culprit, her staffers said, was dehydration and a stomach virus. Her injury was bad enough she had to cancel events at that time. Due to her illness, she delayed testifying to Congress about the terrorist attack on Benghazi. When she finally did appear, she wore corrective glasses to alleviate what her staff described as “lingering issues stemming from her concussion.”
That, according to the Clinton camp’s own explanations, makes for two serious episodes of dehydration and virus resulting in Clinton losing control of her faculties in the last four years.
So, it’s one of two things. Clinton may be suffering from something more severe and long-term, or she simply isn’t taking care of herself. The health matter is so serious that she concussed herself in the past. Only this time, she was fortunate that her staff was there to catch her before she could fall.
There’s no reason to think it won’t happen again.