‘Never Seen Her So Tired’: Chelsea Clinton Contradicts Campaign Spin on Hillary Bouncing Right Back From Collapse
A video clip of an interview with Chelsea Clinton posted online shows Clinton saying she had never seen her mother Hillary so tired as when she came to her New York City apartment Sunday after collapsing while leaving early from the commemoration of the 9/11 attacks.
Hillary Clinton 9/11 NYC pic.twitter.com/q9YnsjTxss
— Zdenek Gazda (@zgazda66) September 11, 2016
Chelsea’s account contradicts a report by Politico, The inside story of Clinton’s sick day, published the day after based on interviews with “several people close to the candidate” that claimed Hillary bounced right back and was active minutes after getting in her Secret Service vehicle for the ride to Chelsea’s apartment.
“Hillary Clinton never lost consciousness, and never stopped talking on her phone — and never put anyone else in danger — after her near swoon at a Sept. 11 memorial on Sunday in New York, according to accounts offered by several people close to the candidate.
…But the two Clinton confidantes told POLITICO that Clinton, drinking water while sitting in the air-conditioned backseat, quickly recovered and began making calls to tell staff and family what had happened, and almost immediately began assessing the political fallout.
By the time her motorcade arrived at daughter Chelsea’s apartment, she was feeling better — and was given a big bottle of Gatorade. She didn’t rest much while there, one of the sources said, but played with her grandchildren and made more phone calls. Clinton was ready to head back to her house in Chappaqua after about an hour at the apartment — but she had to remain in place to wait for her traveling press pool — which had been penned in at ground zero — to arrive so they could witness her walk out to an SUV, under her own steam.”
Yet Chelsea, speaking to Tim Boyum with Time Warner Cable News North Carolina at a campaign stop in Raleigh on Wednesday morning, said:
“Well, I, I didn’t see the video, but my mom did come over to my apartment afterwards and I’m just so grateful that I got a chance to take care of her for a little while. She’s taken care of me my whole life and she’s just indefatigable. I mean, I don’t think I’ve ever seen her, um, so tired. And she was tired, she has pneumonia and that’s miserable. I’ve had pneumonia twice I didn’t even know that she had pneumonia until she came over to my apartment. So I think the fact that she didn’t even tell me and I talk to my mom every day and am fiercely close to her, pretty much reveals that she thought it wasn’t a big deal and she could just keep going and it was just this pesky pneumonia thing. But even though she is a superwoman, she’s still human, so I’m glad she finally listened to her doctor and took a few days off. And I know she’s excited to get back on the campaign trail tomorrow.”
— Tim Boyum (@TimBoyumTV) September 14, 2016
“Tease for tonight’s show–Chelsea Clinton talking about her mom’s illness last Saturday (sic) and coming to her apt #ncpol”
A longer version of the interview that covered a range of subjects can be seen at TWCNews.com.