Latest Clinton Health Conspiracy Presents Thrilling Argument That She Is Actually Someone Else

Hillary Clinton greets onlookers outside her daughter’s apartment building after becoming unwell at Sunday’s 9/11 anniversary ceremony. Image via Associated Press.
Hillary Clinton greets onlookers outside her daughter’s apartment building after becoming unwell at Sunday’s 9/11 anniversary ceremony. Image via Associated Press.

As the country whips itself up into an embarrassing frenzy over Hillary Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis, Trump fans, emboldened by the exciting prospect of an actual illness, have treated themselves to a brand new conspiracy theory: The woman who exited Chelsea Clinton’s apartment on Sunday, feeling “great” after appearing to collapse at the 9/11 anniversary ceremony, was actually a body double. Sure, why not?

BuzzFeed News reports that the hashtag #HillarysBodyDouble is trending, with fun tweets like:

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And:

Ah, and also:

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Teresa Barnwell, a Clinton impersonator whose existence was noted by some intrepid Twitter users, encouraged everyone to buzz off:

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The Clinton campaign, after facing criticism over concealing the pneumonia diagnosis—why ever would they want to do that?—has promised to release more medical information about the candidate this week. Her opponent, who has been far less transparent about his own health, has committed to appear on an episode of Dr. Oz’s daytime show—a match made in heaven, really—to “reveal his own personal health regimen” and release “very specific” medical records.

Anyway, I’m going to go ahead and sprint towards the Alaskan wilderness so I can live out my days sharpening a large stick in a frozen mud hut by myself, if anyone would like to join me!

Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.

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Tabby Gevinson

“The fact is that politicians get sick. Indeed, presidents get sick. George W. Bush fainted in the white house just sitting on a couch eating pretzels. His father famously caught the flu while he was travelling, grew faint and vomited on the Prime Minister of Japan‘s lap. Ronald Reagan was shot and had cancerous polyps removed from his colon while in office. Lyndon Johnson had gall bladder surgery and proudly showed his scar to the press corps. President Eisenhower had a heart attack and emergency surgery for a bowel obstruction. There’s no need to reiterate all of Franklin Roosevelt’s health problems, but it’s pretty clear that the right wing and the press today would find him unfit for office.”

- Heather Digby Parton @ Salon