David Axelrod on Monday ripped Hillary Clinton for an “unhealthy penchant for privacy” after the former secretary of state did not disclose a pneumonia diagnosis before she stumbled at a public event over the weekend.
Axelrod, the former chief strategist for President Obama’s campaigns, tweeted:
Antibiotics can take care of pneumonia. What’s the cure for an unhealthy penchant for privacy that repeatedly creates unnecessary problems?
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) September 12, 2016
Clinton spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri responded to the dig by admitting “we could have done better” following the incident.
We could have done better yesterday, but it is a fact that public knows more about HRC than any nominee in history. https://t.co/Q50oHK85wQ
— Jennifer Palmieri (@jmpalmieri) September 12, 2016
Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway jumped on Palmieri’s response, saying voters know they don’t like or trust Clinton.
Yet, Jen has a point: they know enough about Hillary that they don’t like her, don’t trust her. https://t.co/4GOedZAZao
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) September 12, 2016
Clinton has long been criticized for her uneven transparency with the press and public. After she stumbled at a memorial on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, staffers initially said she was “overheated” but later revealed she was diagnosed with pneumonia two days earlier.
This post has been updated.