Mayor Bill de Blasio says Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s health scare this weekend is nothing to worry about—it’s just Clinton being a “workaholic” who has actually disclosed more about her health than Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, he says.
A video emerged early Sunday in which Clinton appeared to be in the middle of fainting after she made an appearance at a ceremony commemorating the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Daily News reported.
She left for her daughter’s apartment to rest and while her campaign insisted that she was doing better after the episode and that she simply overheated, her staff eventually revealed that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia Friday.
Following the episode, Trump, who remained silent throughout the ordeal, told Fox News’ Fox & Friends this morning that he would disclose specifics on a recent physical and although he suggested the incident indicates Clinton has health issues, he wished her well. And the Clinton campaign has since admitted that it could have handled the health scare better and said it would offer more details about her health soon.
The mayor, who served as Clinton’s campaign manager for her 2000 Senate bid in New York, said he spoke to Clinton for a while and that she looked “maybe a little tired but nothing different than usual.”
The issue, he said, is that Clinton is a “workaholic” who always pushes herself hard but said she clearly needs a break.
“I think what’s happened here, and I remember this from when I had the honor of being her campaign manager 16 years ago, is she’s a workaholic, she has got incredible work ethic,” de Blasio said.
“She rarely says no to an invitation and she pushes herself very, very hard and I think most people, if they were diagnosed a few days earlier with pneumonia would have said, ‘OK, I’m gonna cut my schedule, take a few days off,’ and that’s just not Hillary Clinton,” de Blasio continued. “And I admire that about her.”
De Blasio said Clinton was taking antihistamine for allergies, which can cause dehydration and that pneumonia itself is pretty common—describing the issue as Clinton needing to take a break more than about the need for disclosure and noting that she has “stunning stamina.”
“There’s a bunch of conspiracy theorists trying to push the idea that there’s a health problem,” he said. “There’s no proof for that whatsoever. Again, she has stunning stamina. I’ve known her very closely now for 16 years. She has amazing stamina. We’ve seen specific reports from her doctor about her health.”
He went so far as to claim that Clinton has disclosed the amount of information—which he said has been substantial—about her health that is typical of presidential nominees.
And if the Trump campaign and the Republican nominee’s supporters want to make health an issue, he said, Trump should “release his equivalent health records and let’s see what we find out.”
“We’ve seen next to nothing in comparison about Mr. Trump, who’s a year older than her by the way, except his doctor said he would be the most fit president in the history of the United States,” de Blasio said. “I’m very interested if his doctor treated the previous 40-something presidents to be able to make that judgment. His doctor was a close personal friend of George Washington.”
Disclosure: Donald Trump is the father-in-law of Jared Kushner, publisher of Observer Media.