What was initially described by the campaign as an overheating incident has now been upgraded to a report of pneumonia and Hillary Clinton has retired to her Chappaqua, New York, home for a couple of days to rest and recover.
Sans her traveling press pool… and that has launched wild speculation on social media about what’s next for the Democratic presidential nominee.
Clinton canceled a planned West Coast fundraising swing on Monday and Tuesday after the campaign announced that she had pneumonia. The candidate became ill Sunday morning while attending a 9/11 anniversary event in New York and needed to be held up to prevent her from collapsing. Clinton was captured on video being held up by bodyguards and helped into a van just as her legs gave out on her, causing her to fall face-forward.
Clinton’s physician, Dr. Lisa R. Bardack, said Sunday evening that Clinton had become overheated and dehydrated, but is now “recovering nicely” at home after being advised to rest.
Many observers noted that the temperature hovered around or below 80 and none of the photos or video show Clinton being hydrated with water.
Washington Post reporter Abby Phillip posted on social media that Clinton’s traveling press pool would not be accompanying her retreat to Chappaqua and that is causing a storm of speculation on what she may do next.
Clinton is heading home to Chappaqua, per the campaign. But the press pool is not being permitted to travel with her.
— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) September 11, 2016
With concerns about Clinton’s health now at a fever pitch, social media erupted over what lies ahead in the coming days, with some users suggesting — highly unlikely — she may quit the presidential race.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
Bad move. https://t.co/CV15HpnUnC
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) September 11, 2016
@guypbenson The press pool is in the basket with the rest of us deplorables.
— Sherrie (@sq_tweets) September 11, 2016
— Fred (@FredICooK) September 11, 2016
— Peter Perrino (@peteperrino) September 11, 2016
— Joseph Smith (@josephesmith4) September 11, 2016
Do they want this story to get worse or is there a real problem to hide? https://t.co/vxAowbLYXW
— Amy (@AmyOtto8) September 11, 2016
@AmyOtto8 Circling the wagons & attacking is always what the Clintons do. Ironically the stonewalling has probably helped make this a story.
— Tom Kattman (@TomKattman) September 11, 2016
@AmyOtto8 i think there is a real problem to hide and they are counting on most of the media to be their shield and protect them.
— Sinjun (@Sinjun45) September 11, 2016
She’s perfectly fine though. We just have to make sure absolutely no one sees her because of how healthy she is. https://t.co/KgkuI6m2iE
— matt earnest (@mattbearnest) September 11, 2016
@abbydphillip cause the medical team will be there waiting for her to do the final procedure in her reanimation….
She’s done. Guaranteed
— Mathew S Harrison (@MathewSHarrison) September 12, 2016
@abbydphillip Can we have an honest discussion about her health now? Goodness. The woman is in trouble. Charade’s over.
— (((Observer))) (@corrcomm) September 11, 2016
— DWLassie (@dwlassie) September 11, 2016
— Jude (@Judekarma909) September 11, 2016
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