September 6, 2016
Hillary Clinton Has Coughing Fit In Cleveland, Blames Trump 'Allergy' [Video]

Hillary Clinton lapsed into another coughing fit on the campaign trail, and this time it was during a Labor Day speech in Cleveland, Ohio.

"Every time I think about Trump I get allergic," she joked about her GOP rival in the midst of what Real Clear Politics describes as a "massive coughing fit" with VP nominee Tim Kaine sitting behind her on stage. "She had quite a coughing fit. That's one of the worst coughing fits I have seen from her," RCP quoted MSNBC anchor Ari Melber as observing.

"With a hoarse voice, she continued to struggle through her speech, coughing repeatedly and trashing Donald Trump for not being suited to serve as commander in chief," Breitbart News added.

Fueling rumors and speculation about the status of her health that have emerged on social media over the past several months, Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has suffered several coughing bouts of different levels of severity during campaign appearances and reportedly cleared her throat 22 times during her July presidential nomination acceptance speech in Philadelphia.

In addition to the trending Twitter hashtag #HillarysHealth, along with other hashtags on that theme, questions about her well-being have also gravitated into the mainstream news media to some degree.

Today's coughing incident in Cleveland has also gained traction on social media, with the hashtag #HackingHillary currently trending at this writing.

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 regardless of age, which could certainly lead to chronic coughing. The former Secretary of State, 68, also has a tendency to shout into the microphone, which likely is rough on the vocal cords.

In June, she started coughing during an immigration reform-related event in Sylmar, California.

On May 5, Hillary Clinton had a coughing fit while at a rally with the United Farmworkers in California.

In late April, Clinton started coughing during a radio interview on The Breakfast Club on the hip-hop FM station, Power 105.1 WWPR, in New York City. This is 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, but Clinton didn't make any quips about Donald Trump.

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 Bernie 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 suffered 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, Hillary Clinton's doctor pronounced her fit to serve as president of the United States. According to the information that was released at the time, the Democrat standard-bearer takes prescriptions for an under-active thyroid and for blood clots. Clinton suffered a concussion after a fall in 2012.

Although Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are roughly the same age, and neither could be described as slim, the Republican nominee maintains a full schedule of rallies across the country and gives regular media interviews, while Clinton follows a relatively light public event schedule, along with private fundraisers, and she has not held a press conference in nearly one year. In an August 28 tweet, Trump declared that he would release detailed medical records as long as his rival followed suit.

This is the first day that Hillary Clinton has campaigned after taking a break of nearly a week from the political grind.

The Clinton campaign, and the candidate herself, have repeatedly dismissed any concerns about Hillary Clinton's health as unfounded.

[Photo by Andrew Harnik/AP Images]

Added: Hillary Clinton also had a coughing episode on her campaign plane on the way back from Cleveland.