Rumors hinting at Hillary Clinton's imminent demise have been roiling social media for a couple of months and got a boost on August 21 when former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani appeared on Fox News and complained
She doesn't need to campaign. She has The New York Times, she has the [New York] Daily News, she has ABC, she has CBS, she has NBC. She has an entire media empire that constantly demonizes Donald Trump and fails to point out that she hasn't had a press conference in 300 days, 200 days, 100 days, I don't know how long. Fails to point out several signs of illness by her. All you got to do is go online. All you have to do --
Asked by the host whether "claims about her health" are "speculation at best," Giuliani replied "Go online and put down Hillary Clinton illness and take a look at the videos for yourself."
The rank speculation gained new currency early Sunday when
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton left the 9/11 memorial ceremony early on Sunday morning in Manhattan because she felt "overheated," her campaign says.
But a video being shared thousands of times on Twitter Sunday also appeared to show Clinton barely able to stand and almost collapsing before getting in a vehicle to leave the ceremony.
CNN, with a keen nose for sensationalism, went into overdrive because that's what it does with a national or international tragedy. However, several hours later, we learned
Hillary Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday, her doctor said in a statement Sunday after the Democratic nominee left a 9/11 memorial ceremony due to what her campaign said was overheating.
"Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia," her doctor, Lisa Bardack, said. "She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule. 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."
Bardack examined Clinton at her home in Chappaqua after she returned from New York City on Sunday afternoon
That leaves a few questions unanswered- both about this incident and Clinton's overall health.
Those questions could be answered with a press conference and release of Clinton's full medical records. Trump could offer his opponent a challenge- I'll show you mine if you show me yours. The beauty in it for him is that if Mrs. Clinton ignores or ridicules the challenge or turns him down, he has called her bluff.
Alternatively, Trump might take the initiative and release his own full records. If they show no problems, that would stand in stark contrast to his opponent, who has exhibited difficulties not uncommon for individuals in the late stages of middle age. It would be a boon to his campaign, so much so that if the Art of the Deal guy does neither, an obvious question would demand an answer: what does he have to hide?