With the latest reports of Hillary Clinton collapsing at a 9/11 memorial event, the increased calls in questioning her health is fully appropriate. Nothing about it is “sexist” and here’s why.
Being in charge of 320 million Americans means YOU SHOULD be in healthy shape when you run for the highest office. This is not running for mayor, committeeman, or governor. It does not get any higher than the Presidency of the United States. Being the most powerful office holder in the world means you need to be in charge, physically and mentally as well. When Hillary Clinton is showing some serious signs of health issues, it is problematic because it won’t get any easier when one of these two candidates are in office. If the stress is getting to her on the campaign trail, it will only get worse and much more stressful for her in the Oval Office.
Hillary being a woman has nothing to do with her health questions. Liberals like to claim it is sexist to do so, but they had no problem questioning John McCain’s health when he was the GOP nominee in 2008.
Why I wrote about John McCain's health in '08. (And don't think we should write about Hillary's health now.) https://t.co/L2eO3sdejW
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) September 7, 2016
In a Gallup Poll from 2004, the following data showed just how important a president’s health is to the American public.
A Gallup Poll on the subject of presidential health conducted this summer* reveals that most Americans (96%) feel that the health of the commander in chief is important to his ability to be a good president, with 70% saying “very important” and 26% saying “somewhat important.”
So it shouldn’t be any different to question Clinton’s health, which is not sexist. What is sexist are liberals that have a long record of trashing Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and other Republican women that have been involved in running for higher office, just because they happen to not be Democrats.
Man or woman, the president needs to show that they can lead. What will other world leaders think when they see the President of the United States facing health concerns? Will our enemies fear us as much? Probably not. So it isn’t just having good policies to show you have strength, but showing strength with your health is just as vital.