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This article was published on September 6, 2016

Hillary Clinton coughed a bunch and now Twitter thinks she’s dying

Hillary Clinton coughed a bunch and now Twitter thinks she’s dying
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One of my biggest public speaking fears is that I’ll have a coughing fit while I’m trying to make a point. So watching today’s Hilary Clinton speech, which kicked off with a lot of coughing and water sipping, is gut-wrenching.

The incident is also lighter fluid dumped onto the simmering flame of theories about the Democratic presidential candidate’s health. No wonder #HackingHillary saw 100,000 tweets today, many of them linking to videos of the speech’s (admittedly hard to watch) beginning.

If you’re not sure why this matters, certain corners of the internet have been obsessed with Clinton’s health for months, marking up photos and linking to videos that that “prove” all sorts of health problems.

https://twitter.com/TruthBT2016/status/766288587499372544?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

And they’ve really got a smoking gun here. After all, coughing isn’t something that happens to normal humans. There’s no reason a person who has been using her voice constantly for almost a year, and is on camera 24/7, wouldn’t eventually be caught on camera during a coughing fit. This is a unique moment in human history.

Then again, maybe she faked the whole thing, knowing she could bait the alt-right into exactly this kind of widespread nonsense. It’s certainly distracting a whole bunch of people from substantive issues, and will give her a great talking point about the silliness of online rhetoric to use later this week. Great job, internet.

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