Another Republican conspiracy about Hillary Clinton just got killed and even worse, the truth makes the Democratic candidate look like Superwoman.
Hillary Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday by her personal doctor, Dr. Lisa Bardack. M.D. The former Secretary of State was advised to rest. Since that diagnosis, she has behaved exactly like a President would; going to fundraisers, holding a presser, doing a two-hour national security meeting, and going to a 9/11 memorial event at Ground Zero.
In other words, Hillary Clinton is more Superwoman than sickly candidate.
Dr. Lisa Bardack also attended to Clinton on Sunday after her dehydration episode caused her to leave the 9/11 event early, which the campaign described at the time as her “overheating.”
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
Bloomberg politics correspondent Jennifer Epstein noted that Clinton did all of this with pneumonia:
Friday, day Clinton diagnosed w pneumonia, she appeared at 2 fundraisers, ran a 2-hour natl security mtg, did a presser, sat for CNN intvu
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) September 11, 2016
Politico’s national political reporter Gabriel Debenedetti laid out the travel involved:
1 day after NY presser→fly to NC→campaign in NC→raise $ in NC→fly to MO→speak in MO→fly back to NY https://t.co/KXIHuvvg61
— Gabriel Debenedetti (@gdebenedetti) September 11, 2016
The hopeful conspiracy was really taking off, too:
This is just embarrassing. pic.twitter.com/Ok8ssLGB6r
— Isaac Chotiner (@IChotiner) September 11, 2016
As she left the 9/11 event early, Clinton was seeing being assisted into a van, which caused a resurgence of the Republican conspiracy theories that she is on death’s bed or unable to function as a President.
Conservatives lit up Twitter with their diagnoses, rubbing their hands together in glee as they hoped that Clinton was really, really sick. You know, like empathetic people do.
Trump has been accusing Clinton of being sick and making much of her allergies, claiming that she not qualified to be President because she’s too sick.
So much for Trump’s suggestion that Clinton lacks the “mental and physical stamina” to fight ISIS.
Meanwhile, Trump has refused to release anything resembling real medical records. All we have from him is a bizarre note penned in a car proclaiming that all of his tests are positive. Donald Trump also failed to do the presidential thing of wishing her well and hoping she recovered quickly.
It turns out that Hillary Clinton is made of steel. Not even pneumonia can keep her down. She continued on with her job just like a president needs to do.
So, this isn’t exactly the direction the Republicans were hoping this conspiracy would take, but it’s kind of perfect. Hillary Clinton has the excellent physical stamina required of a president. Even when she has pneumonia, she takes care of business…
While Donald Trump picks fights on Twitter and divides his own party.
Ms. Jones is the editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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