Clinton stumble likely a boost to Trump as polls narrow

EDITORIAL

Has Hillary Clinton thrown Donald Trump a lifeline with new doubts about her health?

Clinton became overheated at a memorial ceremony for September 11 victims, and video showed her stumbling and requiring help as she entered her limo afterwards.

Her campaign team was quick to release a statement that she was fine but later said she had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday. It amounted to the most dramatic development to date in a US presidential election most notable so far for the extreme comments of her opponent.

A small group of Republicans led by former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani have been peddling a conspiracy theory about Clinton’s health for some time, but no one other than Fox News was taking much notice of it until now.

Clinton does have a history of blood clots in her legs and since a fall in 2012, in which she suffered concussion, has been on blood thinners. Under pressure, her campaign team has said it will release further medical records.

Both Clinton (68) and Trump (70) are among the oldest people to contest the presidency. Trump would be the oldest president to ever enter the White House, while Clinton would be a close second to Ronald Reagan. Four US presidents, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, have died in office — the same number incidentally as have been assassinated.

The most recent famous incident of an unwell president was when George W. Bush choked on a pretzel and fainted.

Trump will welcome any boost. Recent polls have him between four and seven points behind Clinton but closing. More importantly, he is behind in some of the so-called battleground states which have to be won to get the required 270 votes in the US electoral college which decides the presidency.

Fortunately for Clinton, age itself will not be an issue because Trump is in the same boat.

But as the remaining eight weeks of the physically-demanding campaign continue, Clinton will be keen to show she is up to the challenge — and the high physical and mental demands of the actual presidency.

Has Hillary Clinton thrown Donald Trump a lifeline with new doubts about her health?

Clinton became overheated at a memorial ceremony for September 11 victims, and video showed her stumbling and requiring help as she entered her limo afterwards.

Her campaign team was quick to release a statement that she was fine but later said she had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday. It amounted to the most dramatic development to date in a US presidential election most notable so far for the extreme comments of her opponent.

A small group of Republicans led by former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani have been peddling a conspiracy theory about Clinton’s health for some time, but no one other than Fox News was taking much notice of it until now.

Clinton does have a history of blood clots in her legs and since a fall in 2012, in which she suffered concussion, has been on blood thinners. Under pressure, her campaign team has said it will release further medical records.

Both Clinton (68) and Trump (70) are among the oldest people to contest the presidency. Trump would be the oldest president to ever enter the White House, while Clinton would be a close second to Ronald Reagan. Four US presidents, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, have died in office — the same number incidentally as have been assassinated.

The most recent famous incident of an unwell president was when George W. Bush choked on a pretzel and fainted.

Trump will welcome any boost. Recent polls have him between four and seven points behind Clinton but closing. More importantly, he is behind in some of the so-called battleground states which have to be won to get the required 270 votes in the US electoral college which decides the presidency.

Fortunately for Clinton, age itself will not be an issue because Trump is in the same boat.

But as the remaining eight weeks of the physically-demanding campaign continue, Clinton will be keen to show she is up to the challenge — and the high physical and mental demands of the actual presidency.

Your email address will not be published. Comments will display after being approved by a staff member. Comments may be edited for clarity.

Poll

  • Voting please wait...
    Your vote has been cast. Reloading page...
    Do you support the new identity and wellbeing focus of Trust Tairawhiti (formerly Eastland Community Trust)?