The Clinton campaign’s concern with Hillary’s poor health dates all the way back to the primary.
Contrary to the popular media narrative, concerns about her physical state were not just a “conspiracy theory”.
And new emails show top-level Clinton supporters were desperate to avoid any discussion of her medical records.
In the run up to the Iowa caucus, Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders were running neck-and-neck in the polls.
Top Clinton surrogate David Brock – head of the pro-Hillary Super PAC Correct the Record – demanded the 74 year-old Bernie Sanders to release his medical records.
.@davidbrockdc: Chill out. We’re fighting on who would make a better President, not on who has a better Physical Fitness Test.
— John Podesta (@johnpodesta) January 17, 2016
“A top surrogate for Hillary Clinton is prepping a new attack in an intensifying and increasingly personal war against rival Bernie Sanders — calling on the 74-year-old to release his medical records before the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1.
Clinton defender David Brock — founder of the Correct the Record PAC, which coordinates directly with Clinton’s campaign — is expected to hit the airwaves this weekend from Charleston, the scene of the third Democratic debate on Sunday night, and challenge Sanders to cough up a clean bill of health and doctor’s note in the next 16 days, according to a Democrat familiar with his thinking who was not authorized to preview any strategy.”
The Clinton campaign was not pleased with this line of attack.
Campaign Chairman John Podesta tweeted his desire for Brock to back off from demanding Sanders to release his medical records.
At the time, many believed the Clinton campaign wanted to avoid personal attacks on a candidate whose loyal supporters they would need if Hillary were to clinch the nomination.
But new emails released by WikiLeaks show they were really just trying to avoid a public debate where Hillary would have to release her own medical records.
In an email to Nera Tanden – the head of the liberal Center for American Progress and a top Clinton supporter – John Podesta revealed how terrified he actually was about a back-and-forth between Sanders and Clinton over releasing medical records:
Date: 2016-01-16 22:09
Maybe he actually is a republican plant Hard to think of anything more counter productive than demanding Bernie’s medical records.
Hillary Clinton’s secrecy surrounding her medical records came to a head after she collapsed at the 9/11 memorial ceremony in New York City.
Her campaign initially told the press she was overheated, only to claim hours later she had been diagnosed with pneumonia just two days before she fell over in the street.
Hillary also suffered a concussion in 2012 – after she wacked her head from, again, falling over.
This significant brain injury limited her ability to work no more than a few hours each day. She also admitted to FBI investigators that it had affected her memory.
And so far, she has gotten away with keeping her medical records secret.
The press has largely given her a pass on concealing the true extent of her health problems because it is a debate the Clinton campaign is clearly eager to avoid.