Clinton’s impulse to ‘power through’ with pneumonia set off cascade of problems

From The Washington Post:

Bardack prescribed antibiotics and suggested that Clinton cut back her schedule and get five days of rest. But the Democratic presidential nominee refused. The election was just 60 days away, and Clinton wanted to grind it out — and that, to her, meant not telling many of her aides, let alone the public, about her illness.

Clinton’s decision set in motion perhaps the most damaging cascade of events for her in the general-election campaign — giving fresh ammunition to Republican nominee Donald Trump, who lags in the polls, and spoiling a two-week offensive she had plotted before the first debate.

Under mounting criticism over her lack of transparency, Clinton has agreed to release additional medical information in coming days, a move her aides said they hope will quiet lingering concerns about her health. Rumors about the 68-year-old candidate have swirled for weeks in the conservative media, stoked by Trump and his surrogates.

Had Clinton heeded her doctor’s advice, she would not have gone to a glitzy fundraiser Friday night where she let her guard down and inartfully talked about Trump’s supporters, nor would she have been spotted collapsing Sunday morning as she was rushed out of a 9/11 memorial ceremony.

“Obviously I should have gotten some rest sooner,” Clinton said Monday night in a brief telephone interview with CNN. Asked why she did not reveal her illness Friday, she said, “I just didn’t think it was going to be that big a deal.”

Clinton’s instinct was to keep working and say little about her illness, according to interviews Monday with Clinton campaign officials who gave accounts of the events. She left Bardack’s office and headed into Manhattan to convene a meeting of national security advisers. Then she parried questions at a news conference. And then she mingled with donors at the fundraiser.

That’s where the problems …

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