Questions about Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton’s health continue to swirl in the background, even as she and her media have succeeded in distracting with their ongoing offensive against GOP nominee Donald Trump.
New Wikileaks emails from Hillary’s campaign reveal their collusion with the press to present the candidate in “excellent health,” even as a separate leaked email reveals Hillary has a bed in her campaign bus.
Donald Trump, for his part, has suggested both candidates undergo drug testing prior to tomorrow night’s debate, similar to athletes competing in high-stakes events. He suggested part of the reason for Hillary’s absence from the trail leading up to the debate is to literally get “pumped up.”
“A lot of things are going on folks,” he continued. “I think she’s actually getting pumped up if you want to know the truth.”
“She’s getting pumped up for [the debate] Wednesday night…
“So athletes, they make them take a drug test. I think we should take a drug test prior to the debate,” he said, drawing cheers from the crowd.
“Why don’t we do that? We should take a drug test,” he said. “Because I don’t know what’s going on with her.”
“Because at the beginning of the last debate, she was all pumped up at the beginning, and at the end she was like, ‘Oh, take me down.’ She could barely get back to her car.”
“So I think we should take a drug test,” he repeated. “I’m willing to do it.”
Now, a just-released email — not from Wikileaks this time, but from Citizens United through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request — suggests that Hillary’s team has been very concerned about her setups for public appearances because she is unable to “walk around” on stage. This may appears to have been a concern for her team as far back as 2009.
In a 2009 email exchange between top Clinton aide Huma Abedin and Clinton Global Initiative employees Amitabh Desai and Ed Hughes, Abedin revealed that Clinton could not walk around the stage like her husband Bill Clinton and would need a podium for an upcoming address.
“Just want to make sure someone has coordinated with you on hrc speech set up,” Abedin wrote. “She won’t be able to give it in the round like [Bill Clinton] does walking around with microphone,” she explained. “Are we able to set it up so shes speaking at a podium [sic]?”
Hughes told Abedin that a high table that doubles as a podium would be on the stage for Clinton’s use, but also noted that “the room is set ‘stage in the round’ with the circular stage in the center of the round, audience all around in concentric circles … similar to some of last year’s campaign rallies with public in the background.”
Interestingly, even that raised a red flag for Abedin. “I’m worried that will be an issue for her. Can we do a half round or something?” she asked. The exchange suggests that Clinton not only may have trouble physically walking around a stage, but also some trouble focusing with the presence of a crowd behind her.
The email’s release comes on the heels of a leaked email provided by WikiLeaks that also suggested Clinton regularly needs to use a podium as a literal crutch.
In that email exchange, Abedin responded to Dan Schwerin’s drafts of a potential Clinton press statement following the Benghazi hearings. “I would make it shorter only because it’s a bank of Mics and no podium,” she said.
It appears to suggest Hillary’s team suggested a shorter statement from Hillary given that she would not have a podium to lean on.
With the election just three weeks from today, the trickling out of hints that the Democrat nominee is not well should raise major alarms. Could this country be on the brink of possibly electing someone who knows she is not capable of carrying out the duties of president — and is willfully hiding this from the American people?
The sad question is, would her supporters even care?
[This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]