Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton fainted while trying to discreetly leave a 9/11 memorial ceremony. Her campaign later reported that Clinton felt overheated as a result of pneumonia. They maintained that she was diagnosed the previous Friday.
Many have since questioned why her campaign did not make the information about her health public.
A week after the incident, Clinton addressed her health on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
Fallon donned a surgical mask and made use of some hand sanitizer on his desk as a joke. Clinton laughed, and then told Fallon that she was not contagious.
The host asked Clinton about her period of rest, as she was forced to take several days off of the campaign trail to recover. Clinton said “I’m used to just getting up and powering through it, and that’s what I thought I could do. It turns out I couldn’t.”
Clinton said that her days off were useful as they gave her a chance to “reflect on this crazy campaign.”
When asked if her husband, former President Bill Clinton, was a good nurse, Clinton said “he’s very solicitous” and was “really sweet.”
Clinton’s campaign has acknowledged that the Democratic nominee was feeling “overheated” and that she did leave the 9/11 ceremony early. Spokesman Nick Merrill said, “During the ceremony, she felt overheated, so [she] departed to go to her daughter’s apartment and is feeling much better.”
Nothing has been said on her fainting.
Only a month ago, Clinton took to ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” as a guest to dispel any rumors about her health. Kimmel jokingly asked Clinton to open a sealed pickle jar. She did so successfully.