If Hillary Clinton could have scripted the next two months, she would have made sure that the mainstream media continued to block any serious investigation into the state of her physical health. She would have continued to hide away in luxury mansions, avoiding the press, and sending out the message that any and all talk about her health was coming from shady, alt-right conspiracy websites. Never mind whether or not she thinks she’s capable of actually doing this job; as long as she can make it to Inauguration Day and secure her spot in American history, nothing else matters.
Alas, things have begun to unravel. Her poll numbers tanked in late August and she was forced out of Chappaqua and into the public. Then, on a day set aside by both her and Trump for remembering the victims of 9/11, concerns about her health went from “conspiracy theories” to the front page of every mainstream news site in the U.S. and Britain. This was no coughing spell. This was a woman who wants to be the leader of the free world, suddenly fainting due to “overheating” on a relatively mild morning in New York City. And whether this episode was as medically significant as it appeared to be, voters will not soon forget the sight of Hillary Clinton stumbling to the ground.
In the Washington Post, Chris Cillizza, a week after dismissing concerns about Hillary’s health as nonsense, was forced to confront the truth along with legions of his liberal colleagues in the press.
“Her campaign may well try to dismiss this story as nothing more than an isolated incident, meaning nothing,” Cillizza wrote. “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 matters. No reporter was allowed to follow her. This is, yet again, the Clinton campaign asking everyone to just trust it. She got overheated! But she’s fine now!”
Thanks to Sunday’s fainting spell, this is no longer a partisan issue, if it ever was. Beyond all the drama of this election cycle, we are making a very serious choice in November. Whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or one of the millions of voters who choose not to affiliate with a political party, one of the most basic questions you must ask about these two candidates is: Can they actually do the job? Physically and mentally, are they prepared for this position?
Our personal and political feelings about Hillary Clinton aside, she must at least be honest with the public about this central, simple question. She must let Americans know if they’re voting for her…or if they’re voting for President Tim Kaine.