Hillary Clinton has had two bites at the White House apple, coming up short against Barack Obama in 2008 and against Donald Trump in 2016. She has had a full political career, serving as first lady, and U.S. Senator, and finally as Secretary of State. She presides over a well-endowed foundation positioned to do some good in the world.
Rather than fading gracefully from the public scene, she remains front and center, complaining about the election, offering up a series of excuses for her loss, maintaining herself as the face of the Democrat Party.
If Democrats hope to make gains in the upcoming midterms or have a chance to beat Trump in 2020, they will need someone better than an unlikeable two-time loser as the face of the party. Especially given the nagging concerns over her health.
The media are looking under every rock for evidence of Trump colluding with the Russians to steal the election, thus far coming up empty-handed, but display an astonishing lack of curiosity about the health of the woman most of them hoped would be president. And who they would like to see run again. The presidency is a demanding job, similar to the vigorous campaign to win the presidency. How might Clinton’s health have played into all of this?
Back in 2012 she suffered a traumatic brain injury after a “terrible concussion,” according to her husband. She had double vision and was placed on blood thinners, but no further details were made available.
In September 2016, at the 9-11 tribute in New York City which both she and Trump attended, she collapsed getting into her van, needing to be dragged in by her security. Video circulated, but the media thought little of it. In subsequent campaign appearances, she made bizarre head-jerking seizure-like movements when answering media questions. She also had coughing fits lasting several minutes. Again, no media curiosity and no explanations.
Postelection, rather than being a graceful loser and devoting herself to causes greater than herself, she is on an excuse tour, trying to remain politically viable and relevant. Earlier this year in India she stumbled down a short flight of stairs. She has been spotted wearing an ankle boot and wrist cast.
More recently photos have shown an unusual protrusion under her clothes, suggestive of a back brace. She is also seen wearing heavy warm clothes in summer-like heat. All suggestive that she is hiding something. What that is the media doesn’t seem interested in.
She is not that old compared to her political peers. She is 70 years old, compared to Elizabeth Warren 68, Nancy Pelosi 78, Bernie Sanders 76 and Trump 71. All appear quite vigorous compared to Clinton.
A secretive candidate is nothing new. In 1992, Paul Tsongas ran unsuccessfully for the Democrat nomination for president. He claimed to be cancer free when in actuality he was not. If elected, he would have died during his first term in office.
The presidency of the United States is a demanding and important job. Shouldn’t the health of a candidate and their ability to fulfill the duties of office be fair game for scrutiny and analysis before the election? Shouldn’t an honest media be part of this discussion rather than hiding it as they did during the 2016 campaign?
Otherwise, if someone unwell is elected, who will be actually running the White House? Unknown, unaccountable and unelected advisors playing commander in chief while the unhealthy president rests and naps? Shame on the media for almost allowing this to happen.
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