Hillary Clinton may have dismissed previous questions about her health but her collapse on Sunday renewed speculation about whether the 68 year-old Democratic nominee is fit to continue her presidential campaign.
After abruptly leaving a 9/11 memorial service in New York, video showed Clinton being helped into a van as she appeared to collapse, sparking questions about the possibility of her dropping out of the White House race.
But the hypothetical question of her withdrawing from the race seemed to be real for establishment Democrats who almost immediately began to panic.
— David Shuster (@DavidShuster) September 11, 2016
— David Shuster (@DavidShuster) September 12, 2016
Democratic insiders were “nervously beginning to whisper” about Clinton dropping out, according to journalist Cokie Roberts.
“The fact that it comes now when the polls are tightening and Democrats are already saying that Hillary was the only candidate who could not beat Trump and it is taking her off of the campaign trail, canceling her trip to California – it has them very nervously beginning to whisper about having her step aside and finding another candidate,” she said Monday on NPR’s “Morning Edition.”
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) September 12, 2016
Was up early enough to have to listen to Cokie Roberts on NPR explain that anon dems were definitely thinking of replacing Clinton.
— snipy (@snipy) September 12, 2016
Roberts thought it was “unlikely” but invoked the name of Joe Biden as a replacement.
“I think it is unlikely to be a real thing,” she said. “And I’m sure it is an overreaction of an already skittish party. But you know, they have looked at what happens in that circumstance. The Democratic National Committee chair convenes the committee and they vote. Now ironically, the candidate who everybody looks at is Joe Biden, who is older than Hillary Clinton. But then again, so is Donald Trump and by the way we know nothing about his health.”
Cokie Roberts on NPR just now floated the idea of Clinton stepping aside for Joe Biden
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) September 12, 2016
Cokie Roberts Throws Out Stupid Idea Then Adds, “It’s Unlikely to Be a Real Thing.” Oh, Our Media… https://t.co/9Y8UhI72Nj
— Eric Sipos (@dawkinsjr) September 12, 2016
According to the bylaws of the Democratic National Committee, “a special meeting to fill a vacancy on the National ticket shall be held on the call of the Chairperson,” and any questions “shall be determined by majority vote of those members present and voting in person or by proxy.”
The very idea of replacing Clinton had some celebrating the return of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
— Casa Chichi (@CasaChichi) September 12, 2016
— Welcome to 1984 (@sharonhough) September 11, 2016
— Lee in Iowa (@Lee_in_Iowa) September 11, 2016
With the questions raised, social media users joined in the speculation and commentary
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In which Cokie Roberts makes it seem that Dems replacing Clinton is somewhat plausible: https://t.co/zRmgbbmEZT
— Ben Swasey (@benswasey) September 12, 2016
— Holly Jones (@DocHPJones) September 12, 2016
— Deplorable Katt (@KattBrenner) September 11, 2016
— Mysteriously Unnamed (@mobygrapefan) September 11, 2016
Also, if what Cokie Roberts said today on NPR is an indication, Clinton’s going to be getting a LOT of calls to drop out of the race.
— Marcus S. (@goodwillfiction) September 12, 2016
WOW this from a flaming liberal..https://t.co/tTGtcusVbJ
— anthony zumpano (@tonyzump) September 12, 2016
Anyone even contemplating possibility of Hillary stepping aside has apparently never heard of the Clintons. https://t.co/ISRk4DNOCB
— Sean T at RCP (@SeanTrende) September 12, 2016
HERE COMES BERNIE! https://t.co/PxInEyRqU5
— Jimmy Dore (@jimmy_dore) September 12, 2016
— Parker (@Parker9_) September 12, 2016
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