By Dave Andrusko
By now probably every reader of NRL News Today has seen the video of Hillary Clinton buckling and stumbling as she was helped to a van after leaving a memorial services on the 15th anniversary of 9/11 early.
Here are a few thoughts, beginning with what I know is obvious to our readers. Whatever the problem may be (it was not until seven hour after her near fall–after first being told it was attributable to the heat–that we were informed she had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday), we hope Mrs. Clinton enjoys a speedy and complete recovery.
#1. Equally obvious, because the entirely of the “mainstream media” wants Mrs. Clinton elected President, as vicious as the attacks on Trump have been, they will–count on it–will be uglier. Naturally, that will include Trump’s family.
There is no level to which outlets such as the New York Times and the Washington Post and CNN won’t sink to make Clinton our 44th President.
#2. Her medical mishap followed by two days one of the most remarkably self-destructive comments I have ever heard. As USA Today’s Susan Page wrote (in her sanitized rendition)
Since being nominated at a successful Democratic National Convention in July, Clinton has seen her bounce in support dissipate as she headed behind closed doors for a string of high-priced, celebrity-studded fundraisers. At one of those fundraisers Friday night, she described half of Donald Trump’s supporters as a “basket of deplorables,” a comment she apologized for on Saturday — well, at least for characterizing them as “half” his backers.
“The basket of deplorable” refers to the jaw-dropping assertions that
“You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. . . The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. . . some of those folks, they are irredeemable.”
Think about that one for a moment.
#3. The Clinton campaign was–shall we say–less than transparent about the “incident,” which of course feeds into the already well-established narrative that Clinton is secretive and the very opposite of forthcoming.
Just a few days before one of the Washington Post’s many in-house Democratic cheerleaders, Chris Cillizzaa, excoriated anyone who’d brought up questions about Mrs. Clinton’s health. To do so was to indulge in a “conspiracy.”
By Sunday afternoon, Cillizza would write
But the issue is that Clinton kept reporters totally in the dark for 90 minutes after her abrupt departure from the 9/11 memorial service for a health-related matter. No reporter was allowed to follow her. (Clinton has resisted a protective pool for coverage because Donald Trump refuses to participate in one.) This is, yet again, the Clinton campaign asking everyone to just trust it. She got overheated! But she’s fine now!
NBC News’s story–“Hillary Clinton’s Health Scare: 9 Unanswered Questions” –was arguably the most unsparing. For example,
Clinton’s campaign appears to have, at best, withheld information from the public and — at worst — misled them by aggressively batting down “conspiracy theories” that her coughing fit was anything more than allergies. Opponents are already seeing the incident as proof of their claims that Clinton has been hiding health issues. And others may now be more incredulous of the campaign’s statements on her health.
Also (the #6 unanswered question), according to NBC News’s Alex Seitz-Wald, Monica Alba, Andrea Mitchell, Kristen Welker, and Kasie Hunt
Does Clinton accept the obligation to inform the public about her health?
Bill Clinton faced questions about his health too, and while he was unforthcoming in 1992, he sat for a detailed interview with the New York Times in 1996. “[T]he public has a right to know the condition of the president’s health,” Clinton said at the time.
There is a great deal more that could be said, and will be explored over the days to come. I would end with the third “obvious” point: there is no length to which they would not go to prove that such an “episode” disqualified Trump from continuing to run for President.