Claims about Clinton’s health have circulated for years but have gained new traction recently, in part thanks to a comment by Trump and questions raised by Fox News host Sean Hannity.
They’re adding fuel to an online volley of conspiracy theories saying that Clinton’s use of stools and pillows as well as stumbles by the candidate are evidence that she is in poor health. On Wednesday afternoon, a story topping the Drudge Report was headlined “MUST SEE: Photos of Hillary Clinton Propped Up on Pillows.” The article is largely a collection of photos showing Clinton sitting at various events with pillows situated behind her lower back.
There is no evidence that Clinton is in poor health. In fact, the Clinton campaign points out that her “stamina and focus” allowed her to endure an 11-hour Benghazi hearing and that Trump drew his own share of criticism after a doctor released a letter saying he would be the “healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”
This week, Trump said this about Clinton’s health:
“Importantly, she also lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS and all of the many adversaries we face — not only in terrorism, but in trade and every other challenge we must confront to turn our great country around.”
Trump’s supporters online have been trading theories about how healthy the former secretary of state really is. Many of the questions about Clinton’s health center on a 2012 incident. Back then, suffering from a stomach virus, Clinton fainted and suffered a concussion. After that, she was diagnosed with a blood clot.
That incident is being linked to a June video of Clinton acting startled after a sudden barrage of reporter questions.
On Fox News, Hannity has …