Hillary Clinton threw a giant political wrench into the 2016 presidential election yesterday when she, not only left the 9/11 ceremony early, but was seen stumbling into a vehicle with the aid of secret service agents. At first, online reports varied from Hillary suffering exhaustion, to Hillary being pronounced dead at a New York hospital.
In actuality, Hillary was suffering from pneumonia and became “overheated” during the ceremony that she wanted so badly to attend. However, this revelation has not stopped the serious stigma that is now floating over Hillary’s head. Ever since her very first coughing fit last year, Republicans have said that Hillary is physically unfit to be president.
Dr. Lisa Bardack is Clinton’s physician. She made the diagnosis, and told CNN the following:
“While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely.”
“was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule.”
The entire experience has the country asking, what would happen if Hillary Clinton suddenly became too ill to continue campaigning? It’s a pretty scary thought. Would Trump win by default? Would Bernie Sanders be given a second shot at winning the race?
There happens to be rules set in place for that exact event, should it happen. According to the DNC Bylaws, if someone is no longer able to campaign, “a special meeting to fill a vacancy on the National ticket shall be held on the call of the Chairperson, who shall set the date for such meeting in accordance with the procedural rules provided for in Article Two, Section 8(d).”
So, what happens if Clinton does win the election, but then has to resign before being sworn in? Federal law states that if a candidate backs out before the electoral college meets, electors can then vote for anyone they choose.
And yet more protection, would come by way of the 20th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. If a candidate wins the election, but is in any way physically unable to carry out their duties before the inauguration, the Vice President-Elect would become the next president of the United States.
Check out the video of Hillary leaving the 9/11 ceremony yesterday via Twitter:
Hillary Clinton 9/11 NYC pic.twitter.com/q9YnsjTxss
— Zdenek Gazda (@zgazda66) September 11, 2016