On September 11, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stumbled during a 9/11 memorial in New York, which inevitably became the news of the day. Right after the incident, she went to her daughter Chelsea Clinton’s house and later was reported to be fine and recovering.
The 68-year-old could be seen emerging from her daughter’s house and, according to The Independent, a reporter asked her if she was feeling okay. “Yes, thank you. I’m feeling great. It’s a beautiful day in New York,” she replied. She also said that she didn’t actually faint, but just felt dizzy because of the heat.
As her opponents take this as an opportunity to call her unfit for presidency, social media is dominated by conspiracies saying that Clinton is actually unwell and it was her body double who walked out of Chelsea’s apartment.
Her doctor, however, said that she was suffering from pneumonia, will take five days off from the campaign and resume from September 15. The doctor later said in a statement that Clinton was “rehydrated and recovering nicely”.
But many on social media claim that Clinton resorted to her body double to protect her public image. They pointed out particular details of how her nose, fingers, and even earrings looked different. In no time, #HillaryBodyDouble started trending on Twitter.
Real Hillary vs Body Double Hillary… (real Hillary is heavier, body double slim and notice the nose job!) pic.twitter.com/mdoiwY0cdM
— Michael Delauzon (@MichaelDelauzon) September 12, 2016
— Watch ‘Clinton Cash’ (@BeSafe2017) September 12, 2016
— flyingeagle (@halsteadg048) September 12, 2016
— LindaPJ (@PJStrikeForce) September 12, 2016
— Alt Right (@_AltRight_) September 11, 2016
Some were even precise to name the body double (if she exists) suggesting that it was her lookalike Teresa Barnwell.
Was It Hillary Clinton’s Body Double Teresa Barnwell Who We Saw After Clinton’s Stroke/Seizure at the 9/11 Ceremony… pic.twitter.com/ogsMqP6KFr
— King Robbo (@realkingrobbo) September 12, 2016
But Barnwell took to Twitter to make sure the rumours were put to rest. She informed everyone that she wasn’t in New York on the said day and was in Los Angeles instead.
I’m in Los Angeles today. Not in NYC!
— Teresa Barnwell (@teresa_barnwell) September 11, 2016
OK people, calm down. I was in LA today, all day. Was just messin’ with your crazy conspiracy minded little heads. Go to bed.
— Teresa Barnwell (@teresa_barnwell) September 12, 2016
In other news, Donald Trump suddenly realised the importance of medical wellness of presidential candidates and has now promised to release his detailed health report.