Hillary Clinton left a 9/11 commemoration event before it was over on Sunday due to overheating, decamping to her daughter’s Manhattan apartment to recover her strength.
Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill explained Clinton’s early departure via statement:
Secretary Clinton attended the September 11th Commemoration Ceremony for just one hour and 30 minutes this morning to pay her respects and greet some of the families of the fallen. During the ceremony, she felt overheated so departed to go to her daughter’s apartment, and is feeling much better.”
Video taken from the event shows Secret Service helping Clinton to the van, and she genuinely seems to be struggling.
Clinton emerged from her daughter Chelsea’s Flatiron apartment around 11:40 a.m., waving to onlookers and posing for photos.
“I’m feeling great,” she told reporters as she left. “It’s a beautiful day in New York.”
The Democratic nominee has also been plagued by allergies in recent weeks, and on Monday suffered a coughing fit while addressing a crowd in Cleveland. “Every time I think of Trump, I get allergic,” she joked.
Clinton’s health has been the target of repeated attacks from conservative media, with figures like Sean Hannity using heavily edited clips to perpetuate the idea that she’s critically ill.
Last July, her campaign released a letter from her doctor, who reported the candidate to be in good health. Still, Sunday’s incident has added fuel to the right’s dumb fire, in addition to prompting a new chorus of opinions from reporters.
Update, 5:37 p.m.: Hillary Clinton’s doctor has diagnosed her with pneumonia.
Note that pneumonia is a curable illness that will not impact her ability to effectively govern the free world.