Emily Crockett, Vox – September 13, 2016
Raising questions is a basic, essential part of journalism. But when it comes to Clinton, sometimes those questions seem more like concern-trolling — using questions as a tool of shame rather than to seek genuine enlightenment. It can even play into toxic conspiracy narratives. And that, in turn, raises questions about the gender dynamics at play.
Maggie Haberman, New York Times – September 12, 2016
The topic of Hillary Clinton’s health, about which her opponent, Donald J. Trump, and his supporters have raised questions for months, was thrust into the center of the campaign on Sunday, after the Democratic nominee abruptly left a Sept. 11 memorial ceremony feeling ill. Her aides, who said when she left that she was “overheated,” later provided a doctor’s note saying that she received a diagnosis of pneumonia days earlier and had become dehydrated.
Sam Levine, Huffington Post – September 9, 2016
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Hillary Clinton is “mentally impaired” during a speech at the Values Voter Summit on Friday. Gohmert said that he didn’t want to make fun of Clinton, then went on to do just that. “You don’t make fun of people who are impaired, have special needs, and whether you like her or not, Hillary Clinton has made clear that she is mentally impaired and this is not somebody you should be making fun of,” Gohmert said to laughter in the audience.
Elizabeth Renzetti, Globe & Mail – September 7, 2016
Here’s an election-year riddle for you: When is a coughing fit not a coughing fit? Answer: When it happens to a candidate who is running to be the first female president of the United States.
James Hamblin, The Atlantic – September 7, 2016
A coughing spell is fueling right-wing attempts to portray the candidate as weak and frail. Her history suggests otherwise.
Ruby Cramer, Buzzfeed – August 30, 2016
Kaine also addressed accusations, fueled at various points this year by Trump campaign surrogates and some right-wing websites, that Clinton, 68, is suffering from a lack of stamina or an unknown disease. These claims, Kaine said Tuesday, are simply “conspiracy theories from the fringes of the internet.” “Can I give you an up close and personal on this? I have been on the trail with Hillary for five weeks and I can barely keep up with her,” he said to scattered laughs across the pier, calling Clinton “one tough and healthy person.” “She has been running on full speed for 17 months.”
Ann Friedman, Los Angeles Times – August 24, 2016
Hillary Clinton is sick and tired, declared Donald Trump at a rally this month. “She’s actually not strong enough to be president,” he added. You’d be forgiven for taking his comment metaphorically, but he and his supporters mean it quite literally. Even though Trump is two years older than Clinton, and her doctors have declared that she’s perfectly healthy, the latest anti-Clinton campaign is focused on her physical unfitness for office.
Nick Gass, Politico – August 18, 2016
Hillary Clinton’s campaign is pushing back even harder Thursday on multiple “deranged conspiracy theories” about her health, as one top aide put it earlier in the week, as Donald Trump continues to stoke doubts about the Democratic nominee’s “mental and physical stamina.”
Danielle Kurtzleben, NPR – August 18, 2016
Donald Trump often questions whether Hillary Clinton is honest or trustworthy enough to be president. This week, he took up another line of attack: that Clinton is in failing health. Claims about Clinton’s health have circulated for years but have gained new traction recently, in part thanks to a comment by Trump and questions raised by Fox News host Sean Hannity.
Nick Gass, Politico – August 17, 2016
When it comes to Donald Trump’s repeated assertion that Hillary Clinton “lacks the mental and physical stamina” to be commander in chief, the Democratic nominee’s running mate Tim Kaine cannot figure out what that means. “I have no idea what he’s talking about,” the Virginia senator said in an interview with NBC’s “Today” taped Tuesday and aired Wednesday.