GOP Rep. Has ‘Serious Doubts’ About Whether Clinton Has Pneumonia

AP

Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) said on Monday that he is not convinced that Hillary Clinton has pneumonia.

“I’ve got serious doubts as to whether or not it’s pneumonia. But I can’t say,” he said Alabama radio station WAPI, according to a clip posted by Buzzfeed News. “In my opinion, just my observation, if it were pneumonia, I would’ve thought they would’ve come out and said that very early on. You know, she’s disappeared for a few days, and if I’d been her adviser, I would’ve said, ‘You need to get out there and let people know what’s wrong with you, get treatment, get a few days’ rest, get back on your feet.’”

The congressman suggested that Clinton has a “pattern” of “misleading” the public.

“They’ve tried to attribute the cough to bronchitis, they’ve tried to attribute it to pneumonia. But I sat in the Benghazi hearing for three hours, and she sat there and coughed her way through that. You know, again, you just look at the pattern and it just begs the question, are we being lied to again?”

After Clinton abruptly left a 9/11 memorial event on Sunday, her campaign said that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday. Trump did not launch a major attack on Clinton after the news of the diagnosis, but said that something is going on” with Clinton’s health during a Monday morning interview on Fox News. Trump and his campaign surrogates had previously promoted conservative conspiracy theories that Clinton is in poor health.

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