For months, the Hillary Clinton campaign has been telling anyone who will listen that only conspiracy theorists and desperate conservatives would believe there’s anything wrong with the Democratic nominee’s health. Despite numerous videos showing Clinton overcome with coughing fits, blank stares, and physical weakness, the campaign contends that she’s as healthy as a horse. Despite frequent trips home to recover in Chappaqua, the campaign insists that she’s ready and raring to take on the most stressful job in the world.
The media, scared out of their minds about the possibility of President Trump, gladly went along with the official story and mocked any mainstream Republicans who dared to question the Clinton narrative. Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich have both been crucified by journalists for drawing attention to a question that every single voter deserves to have answered: Is this woman physically capable of being the President of the United States?
Sexist, they said.
Trump’s medical statement is a joke, they said.
“Dream on,” said Clinton herself.
On September 11, while attending memorial ceremonies in New York City, Hillary’s official smokescreen was blown away in an instant.
Apparently unable to withstand the smoldering upper-70s temperatures on Sunday, Clinton was filmed on the sidewalk, awaiting her transportation. The video shows Clinton being supported by two women, one of whom appears to be top aide Huma Abedin. When the van arrives to pick them up, Clinton starts forward, wobbles, and stumbles to the ground. A source speaking to Fox News said that her “knees buckled” and she lost a shoe while being ushered into the van.
“Secretary Clinton attended the September 11th Commemoration Ceremony for an hour and thirty minutes this morning to pay her respects and greet some of the families of the fallen,” said her campaign spokesman, Nick Merrill. “During the ceremony, she felt overheated so departed to go to her daughter’s apartment, and she is feeling much better.”
Around noon, Clinton faced reporters briefly outside Chelsea’s apartment and insisted that she was “feeling great.”
“It’s a beautiful day in New York,” she yelled with some of the phoniest enthusiasm a politician has ever faked.
This story, as we’re writing it, is still very much in the “breaking” stages. But no matter how this plays out, this has officially been Clinton’s worst weekend since announcing her candidacy last year. And considering the rise of Sanders and the email scandal, that’s saying something. Between “basket of deplorables” and this public fainting spell, we may look back at this three-day stretch as the moment when Donald Trump became our next president.