Hillary Clinton reportedly cleared her throat 22 times last night during her nationally televised presidential nomination acceptance speech to the delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Incidentally, that’s about the same number of times in her prepared remarks that she mentioned rival Donald Trump, who received about 2.4 million more viewers for his nationally televised address at the GOP conclave in Cleveland a week ago Thursday.
According to former top Obama advisor and now CNN commentator David Axelrod in analyzing the content of the Clinton speech itself, “Was it a great speech? No. Was it an effective speech in moving the ball forward? I think yes.”
Social media also had a lot of fun when it appeared Bill Clinton had fallen asleep during his wife’s big night.
As the Inquisitr previously noted, Clinton’s incessant throat clearing (see clips below) during her oration generated a lot of buzz on social media.
This comes after a recent internet meme about Hillary Clinton supposedly suffering a seizure.
“One explanation for the frenetic, frenzied head-bobbing recorded in a video of Hillary Clinton on the campaign trial could be that the Democratic presidential candidate was trying to be humorously dramatic after being asked a question during a June campaign stop,” Western Journalism theorized about the so-called seizure.
Now some are claiming that Hillary Clinton had a similar episode after wrapping up her speech last night.
None of this would be particularly significant if not for the fact there have been rumors, perhaps unfair, about the status of the Democrat presidential nominee’s health, given several coughing episodes on the campaign trail, including one at an immigration-reform event in California last month.
“In and of itself, it could be written off as temporarily being under the weather. Given its persistence, however, questions arise about the Democrats’ presidential nominee. She seemed to have deliberately timed her throat clearing during manufactured applause directed by her audience managers,” The Daily Wire observed about last night’s throat-clearing scenario.
On June 27, Hillary Clinton reportedly suffered a coughing incident at a Cincinnati campaign event. “The frequency of Clinton’s coughing fits has led many to speculate about whether she’s suffering from an unannounced health condition,” Grabien detailed.
On May 5, Hillary Clinton had a coughing fit while at a rally with the United Farmworkers in California.
Non-stop barnstorming across America and lots of time spent traveling by plane (even on a private jet) can undermine the health of any candidate to be sure, regardless of age, which could lead to a sore throat and related conditions. The former Secretary of State, 68, also has a tendency to shout into the microphone, which likely is rough on the vocal cords.
In late April, Clinton started coughing during a radio interview on The Breakfast Club on hip-hop FM station Power 105.1 WWPR in New York City. This was apparently the same interview in which Clinton claimed she always carries a bottle of hot sauce with her (which Twitter denounced as a form of pandering for votes). At the time, she attributed her discomfort to allergies.
While campaigning in Ohio prior to that state’s primary, she had a coughing fit mid-speech on March 12. Hillary Clinton had another coughing bout on March 6, during the nationally-televised debate against Sanders, in Flint, Michigan. The former Secretary of State was consumed by coughing for about three minutes during a speech in Harlem, New York, in mid-February. She also suffered through a coughing attack on January 25, during a speech in the run-up to the Iowa Caucus.
“Clinton had a similar moment during her lengthy Benghazi Select Committee testimony in October, briefly halting the proceeding when she began coughing almost uncontrollably and needed a cough drop,” the Washington Free Beacon separately recalled following the Iowa incident.
In July 2015, the Clinton campaign released general medical information pronouncing the candidate sufficiently healthy to serve as president, and that also indicated that she is taking medicine for an underactive thyroid as well as another prescription for blood clots following a concussion suffered in December 2012.
Pro-Trump author Ed Klein and contrarian feminist Camille Paglia, a Sanders supporter, have both claimed that Hillary Clinton is ill, but no corroboration has emerged that would support the allegations. Paglia has even suggested that a media coverup might be in play in connection with the persistent cough.
On this subject, conservative commentator Tammy Bruce previously wrote that “There are constant questions about her health that the legacy media refuses to cover; they don’t ask the questions at all as a matter of fact, indicating that her health remains an issue. Her appearance, combined with the bizarre coughing fits, some serious questions about her health must be immediately addressed. Will the legacy media do it? Will the GOP? Unlikely since she’s their candidate.”
Parenthetically, the mainstream media also stands accused in some quarters of giving minimal coverage to four-nights of anti-Clinton protests outside the Wells Fargo Center, as well as the booing and walkouts staged by disaffected Bernie Sanders delegates and supporters inside the venue.
Apart from the constant throat clearing last night, do you think that there is any substance to rumors about Hillary Clinton’s health or is it just unfair speculation?
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Added: There has also been social media chatter about Hillary Clinton’s tongue.