In the wake of Hillary Clinton’s public health scare on Sunday came immediate backlash over her campaign’s decisions to keep reporters and voters in the dark regarding her condition.
According to Edward Klein, who researched and wrote several books about the Clinton family, former President Bill Clinton had his own reasons for being displeased at his wife’s handling of the event.
The former Secretary of State suffered what her team initially called an overheating spell that forced her to quickly leave the 9/11 memorial ceremony she attended Sunday morning in New York City. It wasn’t until even later in the day that the Clinton campaign revealed a pneumonia diagnosis made days earlier by the candidate’s doctor.
While Americans watched the latest chapter of the Clinton health narrative unfold, Klein revealed that the candidate was receiving much more criticism from her husband over her refusal to go to the hospital for a checkup.
“Bill was insisting that she go to the hospital,” he said in an interview with Paul Bedard’s Washington Secrets.
Klein described the argument as a “knock-down, drag-out fight,” which ended in Hillary Clinton’s refusal to budge.
“It was her decision not to go, because she was afraid that if she went to the hospital it would make it look like she was even sicker and it would hurt her campaign even more,” he claimed. “So it was her decision not to do that.”
Instead of taking her to the hospital, the Clinton camp stated Sunday that her handlers took her to her daughter Chelsea’s home, where she rested and made a public appearance that touted her quick recovery.
The release of a video showing her struggle to get into the van as she left the ceremony, on top of the announcement of her pneumonia diagnosis, left skeptics around the country unconvinced that her health is anything close to being strong, even some in the media have tried to describe it.
Media follows sick Hillary around every day. How many times did they see her fall and not report it?
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) September 12, 2016
In his interview with Bedard, Klein addressed the concern many voters have expressed about Clinton’s fitness to serve as president.
Citing a longtime family friend, he said falls like the one caught on camera Sunday are “not infrequent” for the former Secretary of State.
Klein noted he has previously expressed an opinion that “Bill Clinton’s greatest fear is that Hillary will collapse in public and reveal that she is not fit for the commander-in-chief role,” suggesting his prediction came true in the most recent incident.