Clinton failed to reveal pneumonia diagnosis on Friday until stumbling Sunday

“It is almost always the cover-up rather than the event that causes trouble.” — Howard Baker, the ranking Republican on the special Senate committee convened to investigate the 1972 break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office building.

That quote came to mind upon reading this sentence in a Washington Post of Hillary Clinton’s fainting spell at the 9/11 memorial in New York Sunday: “An initial campaign statement about Sunday’s illness did not mention the pneumonia diagnosis from two days prior, adding to public speculation that the campaign was hiding something.”

Donald Trump has questioned Clinton’s stamina and ability to handle the rigors of the presidency, saying she often appear to be exhausted and sleeps too much.

“A coughing episode on Labor Day had prompted a fresh round of questions about Clinton’s health,” WaPo reported. “During a speech at a festival in Cleveland, Clinton started coughing repeatedly at the outset of her remarks, took several sips of water and a lozenge and continued to sound hoarse as she spoke. Later that day, Clinton told reporters her condition was caused by ‘seasonal allergies.’”

The newspaper noted that John McCain in 2008 at the age of 71 released 1,000 pages of detailed medical records and addressed his battle with cancer. Neither Trump not Clinton has done as much.

The most Clinton has done is in July 2015 she issued a two-page letter from her doctor that mentioned her concussion in 2012 and blood clot in her head that caused double vision. The doctor said those symptoms had been resolved within two months.

Trump has provided only a brief statement from his personal physician in December. Nor has he released his IRS records.

Clinton stumples

Clinton stumbles

22 comments on “Clinton failed to reveal pneumonia diagnosis on Friday until stumbling Sunday

  1. Steve says:

    Pneumonia is (95% of the time) a contagious disease. According to the search results only a rare form of fungal pneumonia is not contagious.

    This calls into question her decision to keep campaigning and coming in close contact with masses of people.

    Chuck Shummer had a “long talk” with her just before she left the event. He had better see a doctor soon. As should anyone who has had any contact with the candidate.

    What a selfish, lousy decision she made. Really shines a light into her soul.

  2. Bruce Kester says:

    Just another example of Clintonesque secrecy. Secrecy is the hallmark every era of Clinton politics. Beyond the drip-drip of emails, when will it occur to anyone paying attention that classification snafus and private servers are only two issues. What about the secrecy of her world and historical documentation we will never know about…..gone with the wipe of a cloth…. ?

    I’m sick and tired of the clamor only around classified documents. With James Comey’s assistance her supporters have managed to marginalize that issue. We need to realize what she and her surrogates could do without any chance of public scrutiny. That’s been lost in the narrative.

    Clinton supporters would rather we, “move along, nothing to see here.” Never mind history’s ability to know what has really happened.

  3. Steve says:

    Well how about that!

    Chuck Shummer just got over his own bout with Pneumonia….
    He was diagnosed a few weeks ago, took antibiotics, worked a light schedule which kept him away from people for the most part and only went back to full schedules after he was released.
    As it should be.
    He also probably has a weakened immune response to the disease just now, he better be getting checkups after coming in contact with Clinton….
    As should the thousands of people she shook hands with over the weekend.


  4. nyp says:

    According to NASA, this past month was the warmest August ever recorded, and the hottest month the world has seen for the past 136 years.

  5. Might Dems keep her on ice if she dies before election day?

    Myth #3: Key Pittman on Ice by Guy Rocha, Former Nevada State Archivist and Dennis Myers,
    Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records 1

    This is among the most lurid and grotesque of Nevada’s folk tales. U.S. Senator Key Pittman died on November 10, 1940, only five days after winning reelection. For years stories have circulated that Pittman actually died before the election. His friends, so the story goes, kept his body in a bathtub filled with ice at Reno’s Riverside Hotel so that his Senate seat could remain Democratic (Pittman’s successor would be appointed by Governor Edward Carville, who like Pittman was a Democrat.) The story made the rounds for years and was repeated in the sensational national bestseller, The Green Felt Jungle (1963) except the events took place at Tonopah’s Mizpah Hotel in that version. At one time, the Mizpah’s Key Pittman Restaurant had a history contained on the menu which erroneously claimed that Key Pittman, a Tonopah pioneer, died at the hotel and that his body was kept on ice there.

    The real facts, though, are more elaborate and just as disreputable. According to a 1977 interview by myself with Pittman’s personal physician, and witnessed by historian Phil Earl at the Nevada Historical Society, the elderly senator suffered a heart attack while engaged in a pre-election drinking spree at the Riverside. The physician, Dr. A. J. “Bart” Hood, was summoned by courier (no telephones were used to avoid eavesdropping operators) and examined the senator on the evening of November 4. Dr. Hood told Pittman’s political lieutenants that there was nothing he could do to save Pittman. Quietly, the senator’s cronies moved him into Washoe General Hospital. A coronary disease specialist who was flown to Reno from San Francisco concluded, once Pittman regained consciousness, that death was imminent.
    Democratic leaders chose to keep the facts secret and issued a cover story that Pittman was temporarily ill, thus allowing Nevadans to go to the polls on November 5 and elect a dying man. Reno’s Nevada State Journal quoted Dr. Hood as saying that “the Senator was suffering from sheer exhaustion and fatigue, and the strain of the campaign through the state has been too much for ‘an already overworked condition’. The Senator’s condition is not critical but he will be kept in the hospital several days, principally for the rest.”

    As one of Pittman’s biographers, Betty Glad, reported, attending physician Dr. Vinton Muller, mortician Silas Ross, and St. Mary’s Hospital official Sister Seraphine later stated that Pittman was still alive on election day and that he died at Washoe General on November 10. The Senator’s wife, Mimosa, arrived at his bedside on election day from Washington D.C. Her diary (now at the Nevada Historical Society) noted that she saw Pittman alive and conscious: “Went straight to hospital with Dr. Hood. Key happy.” An embalmer further reported that Pittman’s death certificate recorded no evidence of the tissue effects on Pittman’s body that would have confirmed the ice story.

  6. Hillary should release the chest X-ray showing whether the pneumonia is bacterial or virus infection. Probably wont because the chest X-ray might show HIV infection

  7. nyp says:

    That is a truly disgusting comment. You should be ashamed of yourself.

  8. Vernon Clayson says:

    nyp telling someone they should be ashamed of themself is beyond judgmental, he’s always for freedom of expression where lib causes are concerned. I’m betting Clinton’s “pneumonia” is like everything else with her, a dodge or a hedge,the fable about playing with her grandchildren is to show “brave Hillary” gutting it out. She obviously is sickly, does anyone believe that pneumonia wasn’t ruled on, or out, by her doctors when they considered her symptoms? Is there a heart condition? Why is it her turn, what is she going to do when her symptoms show up during the debates, will she claim elder abuse when questioned by the moderators and Donald Trump? Wait, he’s older but looks the picture of health and vitality.

  9. nyp says:

    You think it is acceptable public behavior to make cracks about someone having HIV.

    I happen to have a different standard of decency and decorum than you do.

  10. Steve says:

    Yeah, Nyp?
    Well, we lost a family member due to that disease and I still think Eddie has every right to make his joke.
    Just as you have every right to pan it.

    But you have zero right to prohibit it.

  11. nyp says:

    Correct. We can all agree that he should not go to jail simply for being a disgusting asshole.

  12. Steve says:

    Neither should Clinton.

    She should go to jail for committing perjury.

  13. Seems as though the Trumpster is taking the high road here Nyp…”I hope she gets well and I hope she gets well soon,” “I want her to get better and I want her to get out there.”

  14. Steve says:

    Well, Brien…….Trump is showing what I have been saying all along.

    Just a gentle reminder;

  15. rincon says:

    Eddie is right that Clinton should release information regarding the likelihood of her pneumonia being contagious – and she has, but you conveniently ignore it.

    As I understand it, the most common form of pneumonia, by far, is a complication from the common cold or flu, and is especially common with allergic individuals. Millions go to work with bronchitis stemming from a cold and are often on antibiotics. Occasionally, the bronchitis progresses to pneumonia. By the time the pneumonia is diagnosed, the original infection is often gone and the pneumonia by itself is not contagious.

    Are you guys wrong, or am I missing something?

  16. Steve says:

    The article didn’t make clear her doctor also advised her to curtail her schedule. Had she followed her doctors advice, not only would this not be an issue, she would be able to make most of her California visits next week.
    Moreover had she not been so cagey ( a tweet? really? that is a press release?) and announced her very real reason to miss the 9/11 event and those on Saturday, she would have shown herself to be a caring person who is considerate of other people.
    As things stand, not only did she hurt her campaign and herself, she also showed herself to be selfish, uncaring and unfeeling.

    If you are sick, you should stay home. If your doctor says you should slow down or get rested, stay home. People who work near you will appreciate you for it.

  17. Barbara says:

    Interesting story on Democratic Senator Pittman. I had not heard this tale. Considering the medical history of Presidents Wilson, Roosevelt, John Kennedy, and now Hillary does concealment and coverup just run more in the Democratic party?

  18. And since Hillary left the 9-11 ceremony…wobbling and collapsing, losing her shoe…the lapdog media has been papering the whole event over and has turned it 180 into a Trump attack. Watching this is embarrassing spectacle makes one skeptical about the whole recent devolution of the fourth estate, and I’m not the only one worrying about this lack of journalistic integrity…

  19. Patrick says:

    I’m sure this would have been gotten to….but in the interest of time, I’ll provide it now:

    The least transparent candidacy in history? Maybe, maybe not, but still I thought this was important to some people. I count 3 articles about Hillary’s health on these pages recently, and yet…nothing about the Donald’s. Odd.

    “Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, played down Trump’s need to release health records on MSNBC on Tuesday: “I don’t know why we need such extensive medical reporting when we all have a right to privacy.”

  20. Steve says:

    Yeah, Clinton faints, falling into a van. So you want Trump to release his medical records….

    typical BS from the liberals liberal.

    Now, if you were to say Trump needs to release his tax records……I would agree, Patrick.

  21. rincon says:

    Interesting, isn’t it? The media doesn’t pounce on Hillary and they’re called, “lap dog”. Since many of these here almost never pounce on questionable acts by Conservatives and/or Republicans, then by their own standards, they too, are lap dogs..

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