Republican Rep. Gary Palmer of Alabama has voiced skepticism that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has pneumonia, suggesting she is hiding a chronic medical condition.
On Sept. 11, Clinton appeared physically ill during a memorial ceremony for the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack. Shortly after the incident, Clinton’s personal physician released a statement disclosing that the Democratic nominee had been recovering from pneumonia.
“Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies,” Dr. Lisa Bardack told NBC News. “On Friday [Sept. 9], during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia.”
Bardack added that Clinton had been put on antibiotics and advised to have a lighter campaign schedule. The physician attributed Clinton’s minor scare during the ceremony to her becoming “overheated and dehydrated.”
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On Sept. 12, Palmer told a local Alabama radio station he had doubts about whether Clinton has pneumonia, BuzzFeed News reports.
“I’ve got serious doubts as to whether or not it’s pneumonia,” Palmer said.
The GOP congressman added that Clinton had “disappeared for a few days and if I’d been her adviser, I would’ve said, ‘You need to get out there and let people know what’s wrong with you, get treatment, get a few days’ rest, get back on your feet.'”
Palmer pointed to Clinton’s penchant for coughing during campaign events, which has been attributed to seasonal allergies, as evidence that the Democratic nominee was hiding a chronic condition.
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“They’ve tried to attribute the cough to bronchitis, they’ve tried to attribute it to pneumonia, but I sat in the Benghazi hearing for three hours,” Palmer said. “And she sat there and coughed her way through that. You know, again, you just look at the pattern and it just begs the question, we being lied to again?”
Palmer added that he believed that Clinton had an illness that she has not disclosed and “it’s pretty serious.”
“I don’t wish her ill ... And in some respects, if lying were a disease, she’d be terminal,” Palmer concluded.
David Axelrod, the former chief campaign strategist for President Barack Obama, does not share in Palmer’s theory that Clinton is ill but did offer criticism towards the Democratic nominee’s lack of transparency, taking her to task for not disclosing her pneumonia sooner.
“Antibiotics can take care of pneumonia,” Axelrod tweeted, reports Politico. “What the cure for an unhealthy penchant for privacy that repeatedly creates unnecessary problems?”