Democratic Senator: Old (And Sick) Hillary Can Barely Climb The Podium Steps

Matt Vespa
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Posted: Sep 14, 2016 6:15 PM
Democratic Senator: Old (And Sick) Hillary Can Barely Climb The Podium Steps

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s emails were leaked, where it showed his antipathy towards Donald Trump, his feelings that the Benghazi hearings are a witch hunt, and poked fun of Bill Clinton’s infidelity. Guy has more on the latter part, though one exchange between him and Democratic donor Jeffrey Leeds from March of 2015 showed how Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) told Leeds that Clinton was having trouble getting up the steps of the podium for speeches.

Hillary’s collapse isn’t the only item that has raised concerns about her health. She’s been treated for blood clots for years, some of them could’ve been life-threatening.

As a result, it raise the question about he health, which are really no longer regarded as conspiracy theories. There are some serious questions after Sunday’s episode, and this campaign hasn’t been given passing grades regarding transparency. The Sunday fall is just a friendly reminder that there were questions about Clinton’s health that pre-dated her presidential run. Many were buried due to media bias, but it’s not so crazy to ask them now, especially when she was whisked away and we didn’t know where she was or what was wrong with her for 90 minutes.

Now, the Clinton campaign claims to have released more records, though it’s more of an update on what we already know about her. There was also a bit of a hiccup when Bill decided to say that she has the flu, not pneumonia; a slip-up that was corrected by the Clinton camp later today. In reality, these new records are probably going to be released at a pace that’s slower than molasses, which is also in keeping with how she’s treated her health condition in the past concerning media inquires (via WaPo):

When it comes to personal health, Hillary Clinton has long opted for intense privacy, dating back to 1998 when she experienced what she later described as her “scariest moment” with a blood clot in her right leg.

At the time, President Bill Clinton’s White House said little about the first lady’s medical emergency, discreetly treated as an outpatient at Bethesda National Naval Medical Center. Hillary Clinton, who told the White House physician then that she was too busy campaigning for Democrats to be admitted to the hospital, later described the incident as “the most significant health scare I’ve ever had.”

Doctors found a second clot in her legs in 2009, a fact not widely known until her Mount Kisco, N.Y., internist released a letter in July 2015 attesting to her good health as she launched a campaign for the Democratic nomination for the presidency.

Clinton’s third blood clot in 2012 — this time in her skull — was too serious to keep under wraps, since she was serving at the time in a high-profile role as President Obama’s secretary of state. She spent several days in New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University hospital, and her husband later said it took her six months to recover.

So, was this collapse an event many, many months in the making? If so, maybe being more transparent would’ve blunted the fallout concerning her secretive nature, though, again, not really going to complain too much concerning news that’s undercuts her presidential ambitions. In the latest Quinnipiac poll released after her Sunday fall, it shows that Trump has cut her lead in half. Let's see how the polls look after voters take into account this medical episode.

(H/T Mediaite)