Publicly Dems downplayed what everyone saw on video, privately Dem insiders were worried
During the 2016 campaign, there had been a lot of social media speculation about Hillary Clinton’s health. That speculation was ridiculed as conspiracy theories and fake news.
But when Hillary stumbled and almost fell during the 9/11 memorial, the conspiracy theories didn’t seem so conspiratorial anymore. We all remember the infamous video, Clinton Collapse: Hillary rushed away from 9-11 ceremony:
This weekend has been a very challenging one for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.
Yesterday we covered the impact of her poorly chosen phrase, “basket of deplorables”, in social media.
Today, she was rushed away from a 9-11 ceremony after what is being termed a “medical episode.”
Fox News reporter Rick Leventhal, on hand to cover the ceremony, stated that she had to be helped into the vehicle by her detail and offers some witness accounts:
Fox News reporter Rick Levanthal said one person told him her knees buckled as she stepped off of a curb.
She also appeared to lose a shoe as she walked into the vehicle.
Though the day is not being reported as particularly warm in New York City, the Clinton campaign states that the candidate was “overheated” and is now recovering at her daughter’s apartment.
This trimmed clip showed the key moment as Hillary shook in what appeared to be near-convulsions:
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) September 11, 2016
Publicly, Democrats pretended that what everyone witnessed on the video was a big nothing, with shifting explanations and excuses:
But privately, top Democrats wondered if Hillary needed to be replaced on the ticket. That’s yet another revelation (after disclosing how Hillary secretly controlled the DNC during the primaries) in the new book by former DNC Chair Donna Brazile.
The Washington Post reports:
Former Democratic National Committee head Donna Brazile writes in a new book that she seriously contemplated replacing Hillary Clinton as the party’s 2016 presidential nominee with then-Vice President Biden in the aftermath of Clinton’s fainting spell, in part because Clinton’s campaign was “anemic” and had taken on “the odor of failure.”
In an explosive new memoir, Brazile details widespread dysfunction and dissension throughout the Democratic Party, including secret deliberations over using her powers as interim DNC chair to initiate the process of removing Clinton and running mate Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) from the ticket after Clinton’s Sept. 11, 2016, collapse in New York City.
Brazile details the campaign cover up and how the vultures started circling:
Brazile describes in wrenching detail Clinton’s bout with pneumonia. On Sept. 9, she saw the nominee backstage at a Manhattan gala and she seemed “wobbly on her feet” and had a “rattled cough.” Brazile recommended Clinton see an acupuncturist.
Two days later, Clinton collapsed as she left a Sept. 11 memorial service at Ground Zero in New York. Brazile blasts the campaign’s initial efforts to shroud details of her health as “shameful.” …
If a nominee became disabled, she explains, the party chair would oversee a complicated process of filling the vacancy that would include a meeting of the full DNC.
After Clinton’s fainting spell, some Democratic insiders were abuzz with talk of replacing her — and Brazile says she was giving it considerable thought.
The morning of Sept. 12, Brazile got a call from Biden’s chief of staff saying the vice president wanted to speak with her. She recalls thinking, “Gee, I wonder what he wanted to talk to me about?” Jeff Weaver, campaign manager for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), called, too, to set up a call with his boss, and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley sent her an email.
Brazile also was paid a surprise visit in her DNC office by Baker, who, she writes, was dispatched by the Clinton campaign “to make sure that Donna didn’t do anything crazy.”
“Again and again I thought about Joe Biden,” Brazile writes. But, she adds, “No matter my doubts and my fears about the election and Hillary as a candidate, I could not make good on that threat to replace her.”
No doubt there is more, a lot more, to the Hillary health problems than we likely ever will know. Something just didn’t seem right about her, and still doesn’t. This story of her latest fall doesn’t add up, Hillary Clinton breaks toe after falling down stairs during her London book tour:
Clinton, who had to cancel several interviews on Monday, appeared on “The Graham Norton Show” with a protective walking boot on her right foot.
“I was running down the stairs in heels with a cup of coffee in hand, I was talking over my shoulder and my heel caught and I fell backwards,” she said.
“I tried to get up and it really hurt. I’ve broken my toe,” Clinton continued, going on to say she received “excellent care” from the U.K.’s publicly funded healthcare system.
Hillary “running down the stairs in heels with a cup of coffee in hand” while “talking over my shoulder and my heel caught and I fell backwards.”
Take any part of that sentence and it’s absurd, taken together it’s a metaphor for Hillary Clinton’s life and campaign.DONATE
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