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#HackingHillary trends on Twitter after Clinton has coughing fit on stage

Some clearly believe that this proves she's dying.


Josh Katzowitz


Published Sep 5, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 2:27 am CDT

Some conservative media news outlets and commenters believe (or would have you believe) that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is too ill to serve as president. That could be because Clinton suffered a concussion and a blood clot in 2012. Some outlets— and Fox News’ Sean Hannity, for instance—have even posted photos of Clinton needing help climbing a set of stairs and pointed to fake medical reports that say she suffers from dementia and seizures.

There’s no evidence to suggest Clinton is in anything but fine shape—and she’s actually released a more detailed doctor’s note than Republican nominee Donald Trump—but that hasn’t stopped some Trump supporters from feeding the rumors.

All of which has led to Monday’s Hillary health analysis. At a rally in Cleveland on Labor Day, she coughed on stage for more than three straight minutes. And that clearly means she’s very, very  sick, as signified by the #HillaryHacking hashtag that began trending on Twitter on Monday afternoon.

First, the coughing fit, which was caused because Clinton says she’s allergic to the topic of Trump.

And the tweets that accompanied the hack.

But before you dismiss the notion that Clinton is allergic to Trump—which seems only slightly less ridiculous than the notion that she’s dying—remember that the two presidential candidates made close contact Monday.

So, sure, maybe Clinton is dying. Or maybe it’s because Trump allergies are bad this time of year in Cleveland. Or, you know, maybe she just needed a sip of water.

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*First Published: Sep 5, 2016, 6:52 pm CDT