Hillary Clinton’s health has been the subject of much speculation throughout her presidential campaign. Many have questioned whether Clinton is fit to serve as the Commander-in-Chief, as it has been suggested she is struggling to walk up stairs and has suffered a series of coughing fits while speaking to the public. However, her most recent coughing fit in Ohio is being called “one of the worst coughing fits I have seen from her,” by MSNBC anchor Ari Melber.
Hillary Clinton’s coughing fits got so bad in Ohio that MSNBC cut away from the live footage and returned to news anchors in the studio who proceeded to joke about Clinton’s “Trump allergy.” However, news anchor Ari Melber points out that while Clinton jokes about her “Trump allergy,” the incident was “one of the worst coughing fits I have seen from her.”
“I’ve been talking so much. Every time I think about Trump, I get allergic.”
Sadly for Clinton, the coughing troubles didn’t end after her campaign speech. In fact, the coughing continued well into the evening for the presidential hopeful. Fox News was covering a press conference being held on Clinton’s personal plane and was streaming the coverage live to viewers. However, the station was forced to cut the footage short as Clinton suffered another severe coughing fit while answering questions.
In the airplane interview, Clinton is responding to reporter questions when she began to cough violently again. She received some water from a staffer and quickly guzzled some down. However, the coughing fit did not end and Clinton turned to the reporters and said “excuse me” before turning and walking away from the reporters toward the front of the airplane.
Following the coughing fits, the hashtag #HackingHillary began to surface on social media, but Clinton was adamant that she was simply suffering from seasonal allergies like many other Americans.
— Demarcus Owens (@NubianAwakening) September 6, 2016
However, prior to the Ohio coughing fits, Clinton was the center of multiple health conspiracies. The Washington Times and National Review had noted concerns regarding a concussion Hillary Clinton suffered in December 2012, which reportedly led to a serious blood clot requiring hospitalization and may also have caused her to suffer post-concussion syndrome, with symptoms including confusion, headaches, and dizziness.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 9, 2016
CNBC also claims that there are signs that Clinton is suffering some sort of health crisis as she has frequently suffered coughing fits on the campaign trail and appears to sometimes have brain freezes in which she loses her train of thought. Dr. Bob Lehita, currently chairman of the department of medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, claims that “the very fact that she’s having these clots and she’s had two bouts of thrombosis is disconcerting, to say the least.”
The first few minutes of Hillary Clinton’s speech in Cleveland are painful to watch. https://t.co/OcdTjAaJI4
— Byron York (@ByronYork) September 5, 2016
Despite all the health claims, Clinton says she is in good health and has adamantly refuted claims that she is sick. Clinton’s campaign has responded to the claims with a note from Clinton’s personal physician which states Clinton is in “excellent health.” The Clinton campaign says that the health claims are a distraction from the important issues and a “distraction” by Trump to overshadow his tax release controversy.
“Donald Trump is simply parroting lies based on fabricated documents promoted by Roger Stone and his right wing allies. Hillary Clinton has released a detailed medical record showing her to be in excellent health plus her personal tax returns since 1977, while Trump has failed to provide the public with the most basic financial information disclosed by every major candidate in the last 40 years. It’s time for him to stop using shameful distractions to hide his own record.”
What do you think about all of the controversies over Hillary Clinton’s health? Do the coughing fits cast doubt on whether Clinton is fit to serve, or is the presidential candidate simply suffering from “seasonal allergies” as she has informed the media?
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