Hillary Clinton leaves early after collapsing into arms of Secret Service
On Sunday morning, September 11, thousands gathered in lower Manhattan, including Donald Trump and a frail-looking Hillary Clinton who actually collapsed during the 9/11 memorial service.
Shortly before the moment of silence at 9:58 am, the 68-year-old Democratic candidate fell ill as she stood among other politicians. Secret Service agents took hold of both her arms and helped into a campaign van as she swayed and stumbled.
The Post reports, “Videos posted online showed a wobbly Clinton leaning against a metal bollard on the perimeter of the memorial plaza. Secret Service agents grabbed hold of both her arms as she swayed and stumbled off the sidewalk along West Street. The video shows Clinton’s head bobbling as she pitched forward before being lifted into the van.
The former secretary of state’s knees buckled, and she lost a shoe as her security team hustled her away, another witness said.”
Someone in the crowd who was near Clinto told The Post, “The crowd started swaying a little, and everyone started talking. A guy came up to a Secret Service agent and said, ‘She almost fell out. We’re getting her out of here.’”
The source added, “She looked like she got up at 3 in the morning and put on whatever was there. She wasn’t done up at all.”
Clinton’s doctor later revealed that she was suffering from pneumonia. On the scene, she was examined by a Secret Service paramedic in the van, according to a law enforcement source, who said that her condition was serious enough for her to leave a shoe behind.
This incident is damaging to Clinton’s image, especially since Donald Trump has accused her multiple times of not having the “strength” and “stamina” to be president.
According to The Post, “Trump supporters, most notably former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, have gone further, accusing her of hiding an illness.
Before falling ill Sunday, Clinton was photographed looking pale and drawn while surrounded by pols, including Mayor de Blasio, Gov. Cuomo and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).
Clinton was the only person in the crowd wearing sunglasses during the overcast morning.”
At around 11am on Sunday, about an hour after Clinton abruptly left the ceremony, her campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said in a statement that Clinton “felt overheated so departed to go to her daughter’s apartment and is feeling much better.”
Later that day, Clinton’s personal physician Dr. Lisa Bardack issued a statement saying that following a “prolonged” allergy-related cough, Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday. Bardack said, “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 rehydrated and recovering nicely.”
In Cleveland last week, Clinton had a coughing fit during a campaign speech for Labor Day.
She said that simply seasonal allergies were the cause, and told reporters: “I just upped my antihistamine to try to break through it. It lasts a couple of days, and then it disappears. The advice, of course, is just don’t talk for a day or two, but that’s not going to happen.”
By Rebeca Gold