How does HIllary feel
US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton fueled speculation about alleged health problems on Sunday: The 68-year-old left the commemoration ceremony for the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York prematurely for health reasons.
According to her campaign team, she felt "overheated". After a break in her daughter's apartment, she returned to the public waving at the cameras.
Clinton attended the memorial service for the victims of the terrorist attacks at New York's Ground Zero on Sunday morning, as did her political rival Donald Trump. After less than two hours, around 9:30 a.m. local time (3:30 p.m. CEST), she unexpectedly left the event. In the US metropolis, the weather was humid with temperatures of 28 degrees Celsius.
An amateur video published on the Internet from the incident at Ground Zero shows Clinton swaying in front of the vehicle that is about to drive her away. She seems to stumble but is supported by staff.
Clinton felt "overheated" and went to her daughter Chelsea's New York apartment, her campaign team said. She is "much better" again. Around noon, Clinton stepped out onto the street again. She waved at the cameras with a smile and said she was fine.
Short break from the election campaign
Trump did not respond to the incident on Sunday - both candidates had taken a short campaign break out of respect for the victims of the attack.
But before that, the 16-month-old Trump had repeatedly attacked his rival because of her supposedly fragile health. He said, for example, that she is "not strong enough to be president" and that she lacks the "mental and physical strength" to fight the terrorist militia Islamic State (IS).
Former New York City Mayor and Trump supporter Rudy Giuliani, for his part, said Clinton was tired and looked sick. Trump's spokeswoman Katrina Pierson even certified Clinton last month with dysphasia, a disease in which speech understanding is restricted.
Already last year, Clinton felt compelled to publish a medical certificate attesting that she was in "excellent" health. At that time she was already considered a possible candidate for the presidency.
Clinton had a number of health problems at the end of her tenure as Secretary of State. She passed out in December 2012 in connection with a gastrointestinal infection. She suffered a concussion in the fall. An examination then revealed a blood clot in her head - Clinton had to undergo an operation in early 2013.
She had previously announced that she would no longer be available as Minister for the second term of office of US President Barack Obama, which began shortly after the intervention.
Bad health rumors
Since then, Clinton has not been able to dispel the rumors about her supposedly poor health. There are numerous entries on the Internet in which she is said to have a brain tumor, Parkinson's disease or dementia. Some attribute Clinton to "seizure" facial expressions, others to recognize my convulsions.
The Ground Zero incident came shortly after another unfortunate appearance by the former first lady: Clinton said on Friday that "half" of Trump's supporters were "unfortunate."
Trump then accused his rival of insulting "millions" of people, and Clinton withdrew the statement. On September 26th, Clinton and Trump face off in their first TV duel. The US presidential election will take place on November 8th.
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