Hillary Clinton has regularly been the subject of suspicions regarding her health. During the 2016 presidential election, many of Clinton’s detractors used her perceived health issues to argue that she was physically unfit for office.
Now the former Secretary of State is again prompting talk about her health. According to The Daily Mail, Clinton appeared on the BBC’s Graham Norton Show Monday wearing a surgical boot, which she attributed to a broken toe suffered after falling down a flight of stairs.
Clinton’s mishap occurred, she said, as she walked in heels carrying a cup of coffee. The fall caused her to miss appearances on several British shows, including ITV’s This Morning and Woman’s Hour on Radio 4.
The two-time presidential candidate, who was in the UK to promote her new book, What Happened, described her accident: “I was running down the stairs in heels with a cup of coffee in hand, I was talking over my shoulder and my heel caught and I fell backwards.”
“I tried to get up and it really hurt,” she continued. “I’ve broken my toe.” Clinton then went on to praise Britain’s health care system. “I’ve received excellent care from your excellent health service.”
Clinton, who turns 70 this month, had an X-ray done revealing her broken toe prior to appearing on Graham Norton’s popular celebrity talk show. The other British hosts lamented the loss of their much-anticipated guest.
Jane Garvey of Woman’s House apologized to her fans for the cancellation of her Clinton interview: “We’re working very, very hard to get this interview rescheduled and Hillary Clinton is very apologetic….so what can I say? That’s the situation.”
She later said, “I’d read the book and everything. Apologies.” Likewise, This Morning‘s Philip Schofield told his audience “Supposed to be interviewing Hillary Clinton… but she’s fallen over and hurt her foot!! Gutted.”
Interestingly, President Trump took a jab at Clinton Monday morning, writing on Twitter: “I was recently asked if Crooked Hillary Clinton is going to run in 2020? My answer was, ‘I hope so!'” Trump’s famous “Crooked Hillary” moniker has often been seen as an allusion to the ethics issues surrounding the former Secretary of State. However, some have interpreted the nickname as suggestive of Clinton’s supposed health issues.
The Democrat icon has publicly fallen on numerous occasions. Most prominently, Clinton appeared to suffer a fainting spell during a 9/11 ceremony last year, The Daily Beast reported. She was seen slumping, falling over, and eventually helped into a vehicle. One witness, a senior law enforcement official, said: “They threw her in like she was a side of beef.”
Hillary Clinton has had a slew of health issues. Is she fit for any kind of public office if she chooses to stay in politics?
According to the Clinton campaign, the former Secretary of State had been diagnosed with pneumonia and suffered the effects of dehydration. In another famous case, Clinton tripped while boarding a plane during a State Department trip to Yemen.
The footage was later edited into a gif, which President Trump shared on Twitter. While Democrats censured Trump’s retweet, his supporters saw it as a humorous take on Clinton’s penchant for falling.
Whether Clinton’s instability is due to a health issue, fatigue or incidental, the former Secretary of State does, indeed, suffer some very public and unfortunate health events. These events necessarily result in questions.