We now know why Hillary Clinton runs a very low energy campaign and has no press conferences. Her collapse on 9/11 in New York City and her refusal to explain the obvious problem argues for her to withdraw from the campaign. She is likely impaired and certainly stonewalling. The time for that is over and her time has passed.
It's a beautiful day in New York. Hillary Clinton, 9/11/16
Video of Hillary Clinton leaving a 9/11-memorial ceremony in New York City establishes a clear case to question her ability to continue running for president or to serve if elected.
As Clinton was leaving the 90-minute ceremony at ground zero in lower Manhattan, the candidate waved at a small crowd and headed to her van. Look at this video from Zednek Gazda. Clinton becomes unstable. Members of her retinue take her arms to support her. She collapses and is then lifted into the van.
Clinton went to her daughter's nearby apartment for two hours, then emerged, and tried to put a good face on it. When reporters asked about her health and how she was feeling, Clinton simply blew off the questions. Her response was, "It's a beautiful day in New York." (CNN)
Review the video here and draw your own conclusions. The facts of the event, her freezing up and need to be propped up, are undeniable.
Questions and speculation about Hilary Clinton's health have persisted for over three years. The questions began in earnest when Clinton delayed her congressional testimony before the Senate committee due to a fall and concussion in December 2012. That event was seen by some as an insincere ploy to avoid testifying before a hostile congressional committee and by others as an interesting question mark about the health implications of her concussion. As the lame duck Secretary of State, Clinton had no obligations or responsibilities that affected the public at that time.
Clinton should step down as a candidate for prsident
Right now, Clinton is actively competing in the 2016 presidential election and the necessity of getting these questions answered is imminent. The public has a right to if their candidate is fit to serve once elected.
While we can't be sure that Clinton will be unable to serve, we are sure of two things. Clinton has some health problems that caused her to collapse and that seem fairly serious. At a time when health questions were escalating, she simply had to walk to her car. Clinton was unable to keep it together for even a short walk to her car without collapsing.
Should her collapse today cause her to withdraw her candidacy?
The answer is clearly yes.
Immediately after her collapse, Clinton proxies flew into action. A Democratic Member of Congress from New York told CNN that the memorial service was indeed a sweltering event. A CNN talking head endorsed this. The obvious question is how many other people leaving the event collapsed after a short walk to their car, a cab, or the subway?
After the incident, Clinton brushed off questions about her health by saying "It's a beautiful day in New York."
This stonewalling comes in the context of numerous claims of compromised health. The multitude of YouTube snips are interesting but not definitive. Competing medical opinions are totally unreliable since the doctors are connected to either the candidate or the political parties.
The most compelling evidence of compromised health comes from the conduct of her campaign. Clinton has a light schedule, almost no press contact, and holds very few public rallies. From December 5, 2015 through September 1, 2016, Clinton failed to hold an open press conference. This is stunning. Few candidates enjoy talking to the press but it's part of the fabric of political campaigns in the United States. She held no press conferences. Why?
Clinton's campaign has been light on public appearances, a fact acknowledged by her own supporters. She has a few events scheduled before the September 26 debate but only one rally.
Sitting it out and letting Trump self-destruct was a solid strategy we were told.
What campaign lets up on a challenger in trouble?
What politician pulls back from utterly destroying their seriously wounded opponent when the opportunity arises?
It is not as though Clinton is known for a low energy style of functioning. A review of her detailed calendar of events when she was Secretary of State shows an exhausting, packed, and demanding schedule prior to her fall and head injury.
This raises very serious questions in the implications of her collapse on September 11.
Clinton is campaigning by not campaigning. Her behavior today raised serious questions about her general health given the deliberate absence of public and press contact. Her response today was dismissive as the chorus of proxy supporters rolled out excuses.
Since Clinton's health is in question and she will not talk about it, she should withdraw from the campaign. It's that simple.
There are, of course, other compelling issues that present an overwhelming case for Clinton to withdraw:
- She voted for the Iraq invasion.
- She supported the occupation of Iraq.
- She led the policy that resulted in the coup in Ukraine and the disasters that followed.
- She spearheaded the effort to turn Libya into a failed state under President Obama.
- She spearheaded the ongoing effort to destroy Syria, an anti terrorist, religiously tolerant regime.
Those who glibly say I'm with her need to realize that they're supporting a candidate who has demonstrated that she is a true danger to international stability and world peace.
The Kaine Hedge
The Clinton collapse and the ongoing stories about her foundation and her email scandal (see Clinton Scandal Timeline) explain the next big event in the 2016 presidential campaign.
The selection of Senator Tim Kaine as her vice presidential runningmate was clearly a hedge against the probability of a Clinton collapse through scandals or health. The ruling elite was unable to get a scandal free candidate to assure continuity of war and wealth friendly policies. They were able, however, to put in a back up in the form of Kaine who they think will do their bidding.
UPDATE: Clinton camp admits she has pneumonia.
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