As Illinois Democrats hosted an event in front of Trump Tower promoting new voter registration, attention quickly shifted to the health of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Clinton unexpectedly left Sunday’s 9/11 anniversary ceremony in New York after feeling “overheated.” Her doctor later revealed she was diagnosed with pneumonia Friday. The scare has led to renewed skepticism about the former Secretary of State’s health.
Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza, who is running for state comptroller against incumbent Republican Leslie munger, championed Clinton Monday.
“Rather than talk about how frail she is, we should be talking about how strong and tough this woman is," Mendoza said.
Additionally, Alderman Carlos Rosa noted that “pneumonia does not disqualify anyone from being the president of the United States.”
Nevertheless, Rep. Tammy Duckworth encouraged Clinton to release more medical records, which her campaign has already promised to do.
“I think it’s good she’s taking a day of rest,” Duckworth said. “I think what we should be pushing for is erring on the side of transparency, to release medical records.”
However, the news of Clinton’s illness has renewed criticism about a perceived lack of transparency.
“Antibiotics can take care of pneumonia,” former White House Adviser David Axelrod tweeted Monday. “What’s the cure for an unhealthy penchant for privacy that repeatedly creates unnecessary problems?”
Meanwhile, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called Clinton’s health “an issue” during an appearance on “Fox and Friends” Monday morning.
“Something is going on, but I hope she gets well,” Trump said.
The Republican is 70 years old, while Clinton is 68. Both campaigns are now promising to release additional medical records.