How Hillary Clinton’s health passed from an online conspiracy theory to a mainstream debate

Hillary Clinton has pneumonia, her campaign said Sunday, after the Democratic presidential nominee left a 9/11 memorial event early feeling "overheated."

Clinton’s campaign says she is fine; she's taking a couple of days off for rest, and her doctor has given her an appropriate prescription of antibiotics. But none of this has stopped Clinton health conspirators from claiming they were right all along — theories that Donald Trump himself has supported.

Clinton’s recent diagnosis has been portrayed more seriously than just a case of "walking pneumonia" (a common, mild, and treatable illness) — making mainstream an otherwise baseless claim that she is physically unfit to be president.

And after a series of waffling statements from Clinton’s campaign, it’s on some level understandable why there’s so much interest. At first the campaign said she had allergies, and then it attributed a video of Clinton collapsing while leaving the 9/11 memorial event on Sunday to the heat. It finally admitted Clinton had been diagnosed with pneumonia last Friday near the end of the day. Clinton’s doctor said "she was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule." She has since canceled some campaign events on the West Coast to rest.

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