Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton unexpectedly departed from a 9/11 ceremony early Sunday morning after feeling “overheated,” according to Clinton spokesperson Nick Merrill. Clinton was seen at the event at 8:00 A.M. before leaving around 9:30 to be taken to her daughter’s Manhattan apartment to recover.
“Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia,” explained Clinton’s personal physician, Dr. Lisa R. Bardack.
“She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule. While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely.”
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who stood next to Clinton during the ceremony, stated “It was pretty hot out there, but she seemed fine to me, and left on her own accord.” Several other event attendees indicated the Clinton left the ceremony on her own.
Video taken of Clinton walking to her car, however, seems to suggest that Clinton needed her personal guards to assist her, as she is shown stumbling as she attempts to get inside the vehicle.
About an hour and a half after arriving at her daughter’s apartment, Clinton was seen back on the street, smiling and waving. When asked how she was feeling, Clinton responded, “I’m feeling great. It’s a beautiful day in New York.”
The health issues on Sunday could legitimize questions about Clinton’s health. Right-wing websites have alleged that Clinton is suffering from an array of different diseases and disorders, but none are accurate. This may add fuel to the fire and make Clinton’s health an issue in the closing weeks of the election.