Before you start, this isn’t just some “#HillarysHealth AltRight conspiracy”. Hillary Clinton had an actual fainting spell at the 9/11 memorial, as confirmed by actual journalists…
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 11, 2016
Hillary Clinton joined a number of dignitaries, including Donald Trump, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik, and others to pay her respects to those Americans lost on September 11, 2001, at the annual ceremony at 9/11 Memorial Plaza.
But, as a law enforcement source stationed about “15 feet away” from Clinton told Fox News’ Rick Leventhal, Clinton left the Lower Manhattan, N.Y. ceremony early due to what was being called an apparent “medical episode.”
Leventhal said his source watched Clinton as she was standing on a street curb with her security detail while waiting for her motorcade.
As the motorcade was not expecting her as early as she had left, Leventhal said, the Democratic presidential nominee stood for two or more minutes awaiting the vehicles.
The campaign has since released a statement claiming that Hillary simply felt “overheated” and went to Chelsea’s apartment. It’s relatively hot in New York City (81 degrees at the time of writing this), so what the campaign said is possible.
Here’s where it doesn’t pass the smell test…
What we know: The press pool noticed at around 9:36 am that Clinton was no longer at the memorial in the place where she had been standing.
— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) September 11, 2016
Clinton left the 9/11 ceremony 30+ mins ago but press pool was not told to where. Aides now not responding to any Qs about her whereabouts
— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) September 11, 2016
Clinton left the viewing area at the 9/11 memorial at least 30 minutes ago we do not know her whereabouts
— Eliza Collins (@elizacollins1) September 11, 2016
Pro tip & reality: If you have some physical issue on campaign trail & ditch your press pool, rumor/conspiracies will flourish.
— Mark Halperin (@MarkHalperin) September 11, 2016
Heat exhaustion on a humid day, in an unshaded area of New York City is reasonable. It is so reasonable in fact, that if you tell that to reporters, they’ll simply respond with “oh, I hope she’s feeling better.”
If that were really the case, her handlers could have just said that. As a matter of fact, it’s in their best interest to say that. So what’s going on here?
A. Her handlers suck at their jobs.
B. Her handlers are hiding a major issue.
C. Her handlers suck at hiding major issues.
What do you choose?