Here's How Trump and Clinton's Health Could Affect Their Presidency
In which everyone demands the presidential candidates open their mouths and say "Ahhhhhh"
The Short of It:
As all eyes settle on Hillary Clinton's health this week after speculation that she was looking a bit under the weather were confirmed at a 9/11 event, voters are starting to have it with the lack of transparency among the presidential candidates.
The Longer Version of It:
Just hours after a video was leaked over the weekend, the Clinton campaign is doing a major recovery shuffle. Hillary Clinton has been facing a firestorm of criticism after waiting two days to go public with the fact that she has pneumonia. The disclosure has been speculated to only have been made public after she nearly collapsed at a 9/11 event and left early- her campaign initially said she was just "overheated". The incident has brought up more questions about transparency amongst presidential candidates during the time of the campaign.
It's not just Hillary whose getting hit by critiques about honesty. Her opponent, Donald Trump, has also been critiqued for revealing far less about himself— namely his refusal to release his tax returns— a decision that departs with decades of election traditions and prevents voters a look into his investments and financial affairs. What's more, both candidates have declined the traditional "protective pool" of reporters past candidates have allowed to follow while providing ongoing coverage of their campaigns.
In short, both candidates have convinced voters to be confident in what they're buying and they have less than two months to close a deal.
Here's why health and finances are of particular interest this year:
Trump is 70 and Clinton is 68. Trump will be the oldest and Clinton the second oldest presidents to be inaugurated for a first term presidency in a position that is both physically and mentally demanding. Knowing that they are up for the task in both of these ways are extremely relevant. Here's where you might remember a lesson in history on President Franklin D. Roosevelt who was stricken with polio in 1921 and whose worse for wear appearance at the Yalta Conference with Joseph Stalin could have threatened peace talks.
As far as finances, neither of the two candidates have been accused of being beacons of light when it comes to truth about money and corruption. More than any other presidential candidates, Clinton and Trump are thought to be the least honest and forthcoming about their finances.
On Clinton's health, a Clinton spokesperson said the campaign "could have handled it better." Clinton later went on an to speak with CNN's Anderson Cooper to say that she hadn't seen the reaction to her pneumonia being "that big a deal." Both Clinton and Trump have vowed to release doctor's notes later this week that'll give voters more insight into their health.
Here's the weird part: Donald Trump, who is usually the trumpeter in all things going bad for Clinton has been a bit of out character with how low key he's being about the issue. He told reporters yesterday that "I just hope she gets well…and we'll be seeing her at the debate."
Both candidates are breaking records and traditions. Trump and Clinton are the oldest mashup of candidates in presidential history, which means voters are really invested in finding out about their health records.