Some are predicting Hillary Clinton just became unelectable. The New York Post reports:
Hillary Clinton nearly collapsed Sunday morning as she abruptly left Ground Zero during the annual Sept. 11 memorial ceremony.
The 68-year-old Democratic presidential nominee appeared unable to stand on her own as she was helped into a black van along West Street in Lower Manhattan.
Aides held both of her arms to keep her from hitting the pavement, video posted on Twitter shows.
Not quite. As the first photo clearly shows, Clinton is being supported by a woman holding her up by her left arm. Almost immediately, a large black man–likely a Secret Service agent–helps by grasping the same arm. Every view of the video, particularly enlarged versions, reveal her stumbling and nearly falling–her head clearly dips, with each halting step. She’s barely able to shuffle a few inches at a time.
And here, stepping off the curb, despite being held up by a women and two large, strong men, she drops like a sack of potatoes. Had they not been there, she would have pancaked on the pavement. At this point, there are others in the way of the camera, but they are obviously and unambiguously loading her into the van like freight. She’s either unconscious or not able to control herself.
Clinton — who has been dogged by accusations of poor health — appeared to faint shortly before a moment of silence at 9:58 a.m. to commemorate the fall of the South Tower of the former World Trade Center, sources told The Post.
The former secretary of state’s knees buckled and she lost a shoe as her security team hustled her away, a witness said.
What they’re talking about is not what’s depicted in the video. She apparently fainted and was carried some distance away, to the curb, where, as depicted in the video, she had another episode of “knee buckling.” This latter episode–we’re not sure how much time elapsed from the original fainting spell until the video began–was much worse than having one’s knees “buckle.” She completely lost control of herself and went limp as linguine.
Earlier, she was the photographed looking wan while surrounded by pols including Mayor de Blasio and US Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).
Clinton was wearing dark sunglasses, and was the only person in the crowd wearing shades during the overcast morning.
Campaign spokesman Nick Merrill later said Clinton ‘felt overheated so departed to go to her daughter’s apartment, and is feeling much better.
Notice how haggard Clinton looks. Apparently there is only so much makeup, stage lighting and camera angles can accomplish. I’m not criticizing Clinton’s looks. She’s 68. I’m 62. None of us look 20 at those ages, and if we’re wise, we accept and embrace it rather than try to conceal reality. Keep in mind it was in the 70’s in NYC, which is anything but a recipe for feeling “overheated.”
She emerged from daughter Chelsea’s apartment on East 26th Street at 10:45 a.m. and waved to an assemblage of reporters.
Asked by The Post what had happened, she replied: ‘I’m feeling great. Thanks.’
‘It’s a beautiful day in New York,’ she added.
Clinton also hugged a little girl who ran up and threw her arms around her before getting into the van and being driven away.
Oh, that was a nice touch. That’s what will be leading every lamestream media story–the few that will be aired–about this incident: Hillary hugging a little girl that spontaneously “ran up” to her. Clinton’s Secret Service and handler details won’t let atoms get through their screen. If a little girl ran up to Clinton for a hug, it was scripted.
I’d like to know which drugs, and in what massive doses, Clinton was administered to get her vertical long enough for that little bit of stage managed photo op. Remember her bizarre seizure in a coffee shop, the one where all the reporters pretended she was just being cute. The one where, after what appears to be a brief seizure, she tells those surrounding her to try the coffee (or something similar), a completely out of context, non-responsive comment?
And remember her complete freeze while talking to a small crowd, an incident that caused three men–apparently Secret Service agents–to immediately leap onstage, while one whispered “keep talking, you’re OK,” until she became reanimated, like a robot that needed a software reboot? The placard on her podium is particularly ironic.
Even Chris Cilizza of The Washington Post, who was, in recent days, proclaiming any mention of Clinton’s health out of bounds, sexist, racist, misogynistic, etc., has been forced to change his tune:
Coughing, I wrote, is simply not evidence enough of any sort of major illness that Clinton is assumed to be hiding. Neither, of course, is feeling ‘overheated.’ But those two things happening within six days of each other to a candidate who is 68 years old makes talk of Clinton’s health no longer just the stuff of conspiracy theorists.
Whereas Clinton and her campaign could laugh off questions about her health before today, the “overheating” episode makes it almost impossible for them to do so. Not only has it come at a time when there was growing chatter — with very little evidence — that her health was a problem but it also happened at a 9/11 memorial event — an incredibly high-profile moment with lots and lots of cameras and reporters around.
Her campaign may well try to dismiss this story as nothing more than an isolated incident, meaning nothing. (Democrats were already pushing the story of George W. Bush fainting in 2002 after choking on a pretzel, via Twitter.)
But the issue is that Clinton kept reporters totally in the dark for 90 minutes after her abrupt departure from the 9/11 memorial service for a health-related matter. No reporter was allowed to follow her.
(Clinton has resisted a protective pool for coverage because Donald Trump refuses to participate in one.) This is, yet again, the Clinton campaign asking everyone to just trust it. She got overheated! But she’s fine now!
The Post’s story contains several separate videos, none of which show her collapse, though one does show the little girl’s supposedly spontaneous approach to Hillary.
Is this the end for Hillary? Of course not. If she died tomorrow morning, her handlers and the media would prop her up and display her like a marionette for as long as possible. OK, perhaps I’m exaggerating a bit, but not much. The Left, which includes much of the media, have too much invested in Clinton to allow a little thing like medical issues that could cause her to have seizures or a total physical collapse in the middle of a public appearance to get in the way of securing progressive control of America, perhaps forever. The mere fact that some of the lamestream press are admitting her health is a legitimate issue demonstrates just how serious it is. We can be sure at least some of the media know what’s up with Clinton. What we can’t know is precisely what it will take for them to reveal it.
Imagine how Clinton’s handlers are panicking over the upcoming debate. How can they keep cameras from making close ups that are too close? How can they possibly layer on sufficient makeup to turn back decades of the ravages of age that have obviously not been as kind to Clinton as to some? How can they keep Chris Wallace from bring up Hillary’s health? What happens if Hillary has a seizure, or “overheats” again? How can they keep handlers close enough to Clinton’s debate podium to rush in to awaken, snap her out of a stupor, or pretend whatever happens is “nothing to see here; move along, move along?”
Let’s not forget the Biden factor. Just as Hillary threw Colin Powell under the bus, if the DNC and President Obama feel the need, Hillary will be thrown under the bus, and crazy, gropin’ Uncle Joe will suddenly ride to the rescue.
What remains to be seen is whether Donald Trump and the RNC can make good and appropriate use of this new iteration of an old development. If they can and do, this could be the incident that worries just enough of the electorate to turn the tide against Clinton.
UPDATE, 09-11-16, 1900 CST: Now one of Hillary’s doctors tells us Hillary’s cough is due to allergies, and she has pneumonia. Via Fox News:
Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies,’ Dr. Lisa R. Bardack said in the statement. ‘On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule. While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely.
Well yeah, apart from the almost face-planting at the 9-11 memorial site and all, she’s doing just great. One of the tragedies of the criminality and deception of politicians like Hillary Clinton is that not only is everything she says not credible, but any association with her makes the statements of other non-credible. Do I know that Dr. Bardack is lying? No, however, how can anyone that knows anything about Hillary Clinton help but to be suspicious? Notice that Dr. Bardack does not address any chronic and/or underlying issues. Her comments are confined to plausible explanations for recently observed bizarre Clinton medical issues.
I certainly take no pleasure in the medical misfortunes of others. However, I recognize all too well how such issues limit one. I could, for example, no longer function as a police officer due to my limitations in running. I can ride a bike–fast–for tens, perhaps hundreds of miles, but running at speed over medium to long distances is no longer wise, and perhaps not even possible. If Hillary Clinton has the kinds of neurological problems her symptoms seem to suggest, she is not fit for the Presidency, and we have every reason to believe she is lying about this, just as she lies about virtually everything else.