After her health took a turn for the worse at last week’s 9/11 Memorial service, there have been some rather peculiar conspiracy theories circulating around the internet regarding Hillary Clinton. It seems that an increasing number of people (albeit mainly Trump supporters…) are convinced that the former First Lady hired a body double in the aftermath of her near-collapse.
The main reasoning behind this pretty out-there train of thought is the apparant differences in appearance between Clinton and the supposed body double who was photographed leaving her daughter’s New York apartment after the earlier medical drama. Some social media users have been sharing photos comparing the two, citing differences in the presidential candidate’s fingers, nose and ear lobes.
Some conspiracy theorists also mentioned the apparent difference in Clinton’s weight compared to photos from earlier from the campaign, though critics have argued that it would be logical if she had lost weight as she has apparently been suffering from pneumonia.
Some Twitter users, including Robertbirsinger, have argued that if it was the real Clinton she would not have ‘hugged’ a child after leaving the NYC apartment due to her illness. Others have questioned why she was seemingly left without a security team. The comparison photos have also been accompanied by the hashtag #isHillaryalive which started trending soon after.
The video footage showing Clinton nearly collapsing before exiting last Sunday’s event at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum caused quite a stir, with concerns spreading about her health. It was later announced that she had been suffering from pneumonia, and as a result was feeling dizzy thanks to the heat.
The 68-year-old later said that she “immediately” started to feel better after being back in the air-conditioning and drinking some water, and soon felt well enough to visit her daughter and grandchildren at their NYC apartment.
In the meantime, Bill Clinton has been taking over his wife’s duties while she is resting. In an interview with CBS News’ Charlie Rose earlier this week he explained that she had suffered from similar symptoms in the past; “Rarely, on more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing’s happened to her when she got severely dehydrated, and she’s worked like a demon, as you know, as secretary of state, as a senator, and in the years since.”
“She’d had two and a half hard days before the day when she got dizzy. Today she made a decision which I think was correct to cancel her campaign day to take one more day to rest.” He also added that the illness will definitely not be keeping her away from the campaign for weeks, saying “no, not a shot”.
Clinton has since taken to Twitter to say: “Thanks to everyone who’s reached out with well wishes! I’m feeling fine and getting better,”
“Like anyone who’s ever been home sick from work, I’m just anxious to get back out there. See you on the trail soon.”