Den amerikanske valgkampen har tatt en ny vending etter at Hillary Clinton fikk et illebefinnende og måtte forlate seremonien over 9/11. Det er en så viktig begivenhet at en kandidat kun forlater den hvis det er tvingende nødvendig. Hillary forsvant foran øynene på et massivt medieoppbud.
Det het seg at hun fikk et heteanfall, men som Hillary-vennlige Washington Post, skriver: Det var ikke spesielt varmt i New York.
Dessuten var ikke Clinton-leiren åpen om hva som skjedde. Det gikk halvannen time før de ga lyd fra seg.
Avisen spår at Clintons helse nå vil bli top of the agenda.
Whereas Clinton and her campaign could laugh off questions about her health before today, the «overheating» episode makes it almost impossible for them to do so. Not only has it come at a time when there was growing chatter — with very little evidence — that her health was a problem but it also happened at a 9/11 memorial event — an incredibly high-profile moment with lots and lots of cameras and reporters around.
Her campaign may well try to dismiss this story as nothing more than an isolated incident, meaning nothing. (Democrats were already pushing the story of George W. Bush fainting in 2002 after choking on a pretzel, via Twitter.)
But the issue is that Clinton kept reporters totally in the dark for 90 minutes after her abrupt departure from the 9/11 memorial service for a health-related matter. No reporter was allowed to follow her. (Clinton has resisted a protective pool for coverage because Donald Trump refuses to participate in one.) This is, yet again, the Clinton campaign asking everyone to just trust it. She got overheated! But she’s fine now!
Clinton may well be totally fine — and I certainly hope she is. But we are 58 days away from choosing the person who will lead the country for the next four years, and she is one of the two candidates with a real chance of winning. Taking the Clinton team’s word for it on her health — in light of the episode on Sunday morning — is no longer enough. Reasonable people can — and will — have real questions about her health.
Men det Washington Post ikke har fått med seg, er et video-clip som viser Hillary som kommer gående mot sin limousine, omgitt av sikkerhetsfolk og plutselig bryter bena sammen under henne. Den ble vist på SKY News og kommer nok til å gå verden rundt og fyre opp under rykterne om at noe er alvorlig galt med henne.