From Daily Mail
Hilary Clinton collapsed during 9/11 memorial ceremony in New York
After hiding cause from media her team announced she had pneumonia
Reports now circulating Democrats may replace her with new candidate
Hillary Clinton’s collapse was sudden and dramatic – but so hard to spot the world almost missed it.
As her Secret Service bodyguards rushed in to surround her, it was difficult to tell whether they were protecting their boss from danger or from the watching media.
However, video footage shot by a bystander as Mrs Clinton, dressed in a dark suit and dark glasses, made an abrupt exit from Sunday’s 9/11 memorial service in New York showed the Democratic presidential contender’s legs buckling as she struggled to get into her waiting van.
A Secret Serviceman held on to her as she detached herself from the supporting arm of a female aide, stepped uncertainly off the kerb and got into the vehicle.
She wasn’t just leaning on them for support – close-up images revealed her feet were dragging along the ground as she was lifted into the van. Her head appeared to be wobbling around loosely as if she was losing consciousness.
Every politician trips up during an election campaign, but this may be one stumble from which Mrs Clinton, 68, may never recover in her run for the White House.
Amid reports yesterday that worried senior Democrats are discussing replacing her with an alternative candidate, America faces the prospect of not only a surprise Donald Trump victory, but the election of someone whose identity they may not even know yet.
Vice-President Joe Biden – a sprightly 73 – leads a field of candidates to step into the Democrat breach that would surely make a mockery of the months of hard-fought electioneering.
Even Democrats fear Mrs Clinton may be doomed, not just because longstanding claims about her ill-health – smugly dismissed by her supporters and mainstream media as Right-wing conspiracy theory – suddenly seem to be well founded. But also because, once again, Mrs Clinton has proved to have been supremely untrustworthy and shifty, ready to obfuscate even about the state of her health.
Her doctor eventually said she was suffering from pneumonia – for which she had been diagnosed two days earlier – and had been dehydrated. However, that was after the Clinton camp initially claimed she was simply ‘overheated’ – although at 82F (28C), it certainly hadn’t been hot by New York standards – and kept the media waiting several hours for answers.
After collapsing, Mrs Clinton was taken to the Manhattan flat of her daughter, Chelsea, and reappeared 90 minutes later, waving to onlookers and smiling for photographs with a girl on the pavement.
Pneumonia can be contagious – passed on by sneezing or coughing – so one hopes Mrs Clinton had the non-contagious variety before she roped in the small child for the cynical photo opportunity.
The famous Clinton secretiveness made itself felt again as the official press corps car that always follows her in public was unexpectedly barred from following the motorcade.
Her spokesmen said Mrs Clinton had returned home to Chappaqua, outside New York, where she was examined by her doctor, Lisa Bardack.
Dr Bardack later said Mrs Clinton was ‘rehydrated and recovering nicely’, adding that she had been experiencing an allergies-related cough. This appeared to be a belated explanation of a coughing fit that interrupted Mrs Clinton’s speech in Cleveland, Ohio, a week ago.
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