On Monday, Hillary Clinton was speaking at a rally in Cleveland, but she struggled to get through her speech because of a coughing fit that lasted minutes.
First, Clinton attributed the hacking frenzy because she’s allergic to Donald Trump.
“I’ve been talking so much,” Clinton said with a hoarse voice. “Every time I think about Trump, I get allergic.”
Then, the Democratic presidential candidate said the coughing was just allergies.
However, there would be yet another coughing fit caused by allergies, this time not outside, but in an air-conditioned airplane.
NBC News attributed the coughing fit to “high pollen count in Northeast Ohio” according to Pollen.com, the statement has since been retracted, but not before their reporting was questioned on Twitter.
On Monday, the hashtag #HackingHillary was started by Mike Cernovich and became the top Twitter trend in the U.S. and worldwide for several hours.
There were many memes, snark and concern regarding Hillary having a frog in her throat.
People get allergies and people cough, so this is completely normal. However, this isn’t the first time that Clinton has gotten choked up during a speech. The American Mirror documents nine occasions where Hillary has had speeches interrupted because she is coughing so much. There are 5,540 results on YouTube for the search “Hillary Clinton Cough Compilation.”
These instances of hacking up a lung by Hillary have stirred up questions or conspiracy theories about Clinton’s health. This uncertainty regarding Hillary’s health date back to as far as December 2012 when then Secretary of State Clinton suffered a concussion and was hospitalized for a blood clot in her brain.
Questions regarding Hillary’s health reappeared when last week when the FBI released notes on their investigation into Clinton’s private email server.
“However, in December of 2012, Clinton suffered a concussion and then around the New Year had a blood clot,” the FBI’s summary said. “Based on her doctor’s advice, she could only work at State for a few hours a day and could not recall every briefing she received.”
Conservative media outlets shared a photo from February 2016 of Hillary being assisted up stairs, indicating that it was in relation to Clinton’s poor health.
Hillary did try to dismiss health concerns last month by opening a jar of pickles on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Dr. Lisa Bardack, chair of internal medicine at the Mount Kisco Medical Group, and has been Hillary’s physician since 2001, gave Clinton a clean bill of health. “She is in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as President of the United States,” Dr. Bardack stated in July. Hillary’s doctor released a two-page letter which said Clinton is a healthy 67-year-old woman who suffers from hypothyroidism, seasonal allergies and takes blood thinners as a precaution against clots.
Only 62 days, 14 hours and 43 minutes until the election.