Hot Blooded: Why Everyone's Getting Upset About Clinton's Health

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Republicans really care about this woman's health.

The Short of It:

After dipping out early on a 9/11 memorial service yesterday in New York City, video of Hillary Clinton stumbling into a car and leaving the event was released. Initially her campaign claimed she was just "overheated" but a statement by her physician, released yesterday, revealed she actually has pneumonia. Mostly people send get well soon cards when someone's health is up the creek, this time everyone's demanding to see health records.

The Longer Version of It:

Scrutiny over the Democratic nominee's health were initially sparked by reoccurring coughing spells that occurred during her campaign and throughout the debate season. In recent weeks, questions about Clinton's health have only increased after an allergy attack on Labor Day weekend. Yesterday, suspicions that she might be ill were confirmed when she was seen leaving a 9/11 tribute early and stumbling into a car. The Clinton campaign blamed it on being "overheated," but no one was really buying it. In a statement on her health, Clinton's doctor revealed she had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday and would be canceling campaign travel through the rest of today, but that she was also "recovering nicely."

Still, critics are saying this isn't a good look for Clinton who has denied any sickness and has also been accused of being physically and mentally unfit to serve as President by Donald Trump and his supporters. Trump has continued to point out Clinton's 2012 concussion which took six months of recovery time. There's also the fact that for a candidate who is often critiqued over her "trustworthy factor" the reveal that she is actually sick doesn't necessarily portray her as a beacon of truth. While many have noted the candidate's determination to show up and pay respects to the victims of the 9/11 attacks, others are seeing this as vindication that she's not as trustworthy and upright as she claims.

The Takeaway:

The reactions to Clinton's diagnosis have been true to the usual partisan lines of this year: pretty divided. Critics claim discovery of the illness is just vindication that she’s not suitably healthy to be president. Supporters are pointing out her opponent, Donald Trump’s, refusal to release his own detailed medical records. Concern over how this will play out in the next couple of months is still up in the air. It's also not great timing for Clinton as she's already trying to recover from an uproar she created last Friday when she described Trump's supporters at a fundraiser as a "basket of deplorables".

The tizzy over Clinton's illness doesn't stop there though. There's quite a bit of upset over the fact that the common illness plaguing the candidate is also cutting into coverage of the 9/11 attacks and taking away from victims, survivors of the attack and those still in mourning 15 years later.