Political weekly wrap-up: edition 3

Hillary Pneumonia Scare

After being helped into her van at a 9/11 ceremony on Sunday, the Clinton administration released statements revealing that the Democratic presidential nominee has pneumonia.

Clinton left the ceremony early, before stumbling towards her van and eventually collapsing, receiving help from personal aides to enter the vehicle. Although the Clinton administration originally blamed the incident on dehydration, Clinton’s doctor, Dr. Lisa R. Bardack, confirmed reports that the 68-year-old nominee has pneumonia.

Clinton is facing criticism for not releasing her health records, a growing issue in the presidential race. In an interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN Monday, Clinton apologized for not informing the public about the diagnosis sooner and pledged to release fuller health statements, and explained her reasoning for not doing so previously.

“Like a lot of people I thought I could just keep going forward and power through it, and obviously that didn’t work out so well,” Clinton said. Bardack had recommended that Clinton rest over the weekend and put aside other plans until her health recovered, recommendations that the nominee ignored.

Clinton also criticized Republican nominee Donald Trump for not being transparent about his own health and tax records, saying “I think it’s time [Trump] meets the same level of disclosure I have for years.”

Trump did not attack Clinton’s diagnosis, however, wishing her well in an interview on CNBC Monday, even defending the Senator, saying “It’s a very tough schedule…it’s grueling work. There’s no question about it.”

Yet, Trump did reply to Clinton’s accusations on his lack of transparency, and promised to release the results of a physical from last Friday. He also attacked Clinton for her recent comment stating that half of Trump’s supporters belonged to a “basket of deplorables” in a new campaign ad.

The recent comments and accusations made by both parties will come to a head when the fight for the White House continues at the first presidential debate on September 26.

Colin Powell Email Hack

Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State, is under fire after hacked emails revealed statements from Mr. Powell regarding both presidential nominees.

The emails were first posted by Buzzfeed News, but later confirmed by Powell himself who, after being questioned about the legitimacy of the emails, said “I’m not denying it.”

In the emails, Mr. Powell attacked presidential nominee Donald Trump, accusing him of fueling the “racist birther movement” that questioned the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate in the early years of his presidency. He also called Trump a “national disgrace” as well as an “international pariah.”

However, Powell also addressed his disapproval of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, saying he would “rather not vote for her.” He also showed specific irritation for the way Clinton handled her own hacked email scandal, saying that the Senator “keeps tripping into these ‘character’ minefields.”

Trump responded Wednesday on Twitter, saying “I was never a fan of Colin Powell after his weak understanding of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq=disaster. We can do much better!” Clinton refused to comment on Powell’s criticisms Thursday morning on Tom Joyner’s radio show.

“I have a great deal of respect for Colin Powell, and I have a lot of sympathy for anyone whose emails become public,” Clinton said.

The email hack is just one of many intrusions into American politics recently, with less than two months left until election day on Tuesday, November 8.

Trump’s Flint Crisis

On Wednesday, Trump visited Bethel United Methodist Church in Flint, Michigan after being invited to speak there by Rev. Faith Green Timmons, but things quickly went south after the Republican nominee attempted to make his speech political.

During Trump’s speech at the church, Rev. Timmons interrupted Trump onstage, quickly halting his attack on Hillary Clinton.

“Mr. Trump, I invited you here to thank us for what we’ve done in Flint, not give a political speech,” Timmons said. Trump then went on to discuss the troubles in Flint, but still attacked the federal government for the damage in the city.

Trump commented on the interruption on Fox And Friends Thursday, saying that although he was suspicious of Timmons’ intentions, “everyone plays their games.”

Timmons explained that the church welcomes all.

“This public event is open to all today and Trump came to observe,” Rev. Timmons said. “Trump’s presence at Bethel United Methodist in no way represents an endorsement of his candidacy.”

 Weekly Poll Update

Polls from the past week show Clinton leading Trump by a slim margin, with a national polling average of 44% to Trump’s 42%, according to the New York Times.

Polls from Fox News, YouGov/Economist, New York Times/CBS News and Quinnipiac University depict Clinton’s lead by 1, 2, 2 and 5 points, respectively.

However, polls published by Rasmussen and UPI/CVoter from Tuesday show Trump ahead by 1 and 2 points.


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