Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has called off a series of California campaign stops after collapsing at an early Sunday morning New York City memorial service for the victims of the 9/11 terror attacks.
Campaign says Clinton's trip to California Monday and Tuesday is off.
— Sarah D. Wire (@sarahdwire) September 12, 2016
For hours early Sunday the world watched and waited for news on what exactly was wrong with the presidential candidate who had for so long brushed off questions about her health.
Late Sunday afternoon, the Clinton campaign issued an official statement on the incident, featuring Clinton’s doctor, Dr. Lisa Bardack, announcing that the presidential candidate had been diagnosed with pneumonia the preceding Friday.
While pneumonia, which is an infection of the lungs, can be easily recovered from with proper antibiotic treatment, many sufferers of Clinton’s age may have a more serious threat, with death from the disease not uncommon. In addition, the condition rarely comes alone, often accompanied at best with repeated episodes of symptoms over a period of years.
The days in between when the official diagnosis was made and when such was announced to the world call into serious question the Clinton campaign’s integrity in dealing with the presidential candidate’s health, and may threaten Clinton’s already slimming lead in models of the electoral college heading into election day.
California campaign stops can hardly be called crucial to Clinton’s hold on the election, considering the over 99 percent estimated chance given to Clinton by most analysts in favor of her winning the state.
The cancellation of the stops, however, certainly represents the public face of what the Clinton campaign is trying to accomplish for damage control. Keeping Clinton out of the spotlight will prevent any future mishaps.
And all the while, there is talk of possibly replacing Clinton as nominee. Where that goes is anyone’s guess.
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