(CNN)Hillary Clinton has pneumonia, her doctor said Sunday, hours after the Democratic nominee stumbled and exited a 9/11 commemoration ceremony early.
The incident seems certain to prompt further scrutiny of Clinton’s health and her campaign’s transparency.Clinton was diagnosed on Friday with pneumonia, and “was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule,” Dr. Lisa Bardack said in a statement.
I hope she recovers OK, but the whole episode illustrates one of the key problems with Clinton. She is a liar. Pure and simple. She lies. All. The. Time.
Just follow this story… she passes out at the event this morning and is whisked away. First, her campaign says that she’s fine and was just feeling overheated despite the fact that it was 77 degrees with low humidity and she was sitting in the shade. Then, after a couple of hours at Chelsea’s apartment, they make a big show of her walking to her car with nobody within 20 feet of her. She’s playing the “see, she’s fine” role. In the meantime, however, video had surfaced of her leaving the event in which she is clearly incapacitated and was carried into the waiting car.
Now, after it’s been several hours and it is clear that the video of her is extremely damaging to her campaign, they decide to tell us that she has pneumonia and it was diagnosed on Friday. In other words, assuming that she is telling the truth about her illness, her campaign flat out lied when it told us that she was fine and she’s just overheated.
Throughout the entire day, Hillary Clinton’s intent and actions were to lie and cover up. Despite presumably having an illness and passing out, she went to her daughter’s apartment instead of a hospital – where no medical records are kept. She made a public show of being fine and told everyone that she was perfectly healthy. If that video had not surfaced, she probably would have gotten away with her lie with the help of a friendly media.
And it was all unnecessary. If she had just been honest and said, “I have pneumonia and am going to get some rest, let the antibiotics work, and then return to the campaign trail,” it would not have been a big deal. People get sick. It happens. Especially when you are running 100 miles per hour and not taking very good care of yourself. Just tell the truth and move on. But no. Clinton can’t do that. She lied because it is her first and most natural reaction to everything.