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—Breitbart.com 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.
— USA NEWS (@USANEWS007) September 5, 2016
— Melissa Tate (@TheRightMelissa) September 5, 2016
What does Hillary and emails on a personal server have in common? They're both getting hacked! Sad! #HackingHillary
— Alana Mastrangelo (@ARmastrangelo) September 5, 2016
I'm extremely pleased with how fast we got #HackingHillary trending. It shows how many people there really are behind the Alt Right machine.
— Mad Max's Dog (@Mad_Max_Dog) September 5, 2016
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.
Trump press bus stuck in traffic as Hillary Clinton's motorcade drives by in Cleveland pic.twitter.com/jsRKPS8tPj
— Ashley Killough (@KilloughCNN) September 5, 2016
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.