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We Can’t View the Hillary Clinton Fainting Video in Isolation

In response to Well, It Is Kickoff Thursday

Though it of course proves nothing regarding Hillary Clinton’s health, this video is disturbing to watch:

While it is certainly true that healthy people do sometimes faint, it is also foolish to simply assume that a person who faints on a moderately warm day is healthy. It grows more foolish when that person has fainted before – suffering a concussion and blood clot – then claimed to a federal law enforcement agency that her injuries were severe enough to cause important gaps in her memory. Finally, it is the absolute height of foolishness to simply take Hillary’s word about her own health. Indeed, even today her team not only kept reporters “totally in the dark for 90 minutes,” they allegedly barred them from following her. As my colleague Kevin Williamson stated in a timely piece last Thursday:

Given her history of rampant, craven, deep, broad, sustained, overarching, continuous, relentless dishonesty about practically every aspect of her personal and public lives, is it really so implausible that she’d lie about her health? No. She’d lie about her health even if there were nothing to lie about, just to keep in practice.

Simply put, we can’t believe a single word that she says — absent independent verification. I agree with the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza. Transparency is necessary:

A coughing episode is almost always just a coughing episode. But when coupled with Clinton’s “overheating” on Sunday morning — with temperatures something short of sweltering — Clinton and her team simply need to say something about what happened (and why the press was in the dark for so long.)

And as the New York Times’s Adam Nagourney tweeted on Sunday morning, now might be a good time for Clinton to release a fuller record of her medical history.

Each major candidate should release their records. Health is an issue for Hillary Clinton, but it’s an issue for every candidate for president. The American people deserve to know who is healthy — and who (maybe) is not. 

David French is a senior writer for National Review, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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