Within six days, Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, had a coughing and a fainting episode. The latter, her aides explained, was the result of her being overheated. Yet the temperature in New York City this morning was in the low 80s.
Given all the above, in The Washington Post, Chris Cillizza puts it out there that Clinton's health has now become a campaign issue. Here is the article. That presentation of that contention is quite balanced.
Clearly, the campaign has taken yet another unexpected twist and turn. Until now, those who have attempted to be objective wrote off the Sick-Hillary meme, especially as it was hammered in the Drudge Report, as wild conspiracy mongering.
After all, a cough could be the simple result of an allergy. When I resided for 27 months in the Southwest I had developed plenty of those. Until I received a diagnosis I assumed I had a serious illness.
But, lapsing into a near loss of consciousness when the temperature is temperate raises questions. Also, there is a real need for voters to start connecting the dots.
How can the Clinton campaign get back on track? Release official data about the nominee's health. Perfect health is not required. Much of the heavy lifting in the office of the U.S. President is done by others. But a serious health problem, if it does exist, has to be factored in by voters before election day.
Takeaway: The Clinton campaign has a massive public relations challenge.
Clinton's medical doctor, Lisa Bardack, issued a statement that her patient is suffering from pneumonia. The cough has been associated with allergies. Here is the media coverage.