During the September 6 edition of Fox & Friends, Fox host Ainsley Earhardt fueled the many #HackingHillary rumors currently circulating about the Democratic presidential candidate’s health.
AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): This is why I think [Hillary Clinton] talked [to the press onboard her plane] — because when she was speaking at the podium in Ohio she had a hacking fit. She could not — she coughed for two minutes.
STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Now people are saying, why is her, you know, throat sore, why is she hacking? I know Ed Klein who’s written a couple of books about the Clintons, he has talked about how famously she fell down a couple of years ago, got the blood clot in her brain and then she’s been taking medicine for that and for a thyroid condition and one of the side effects of the thyroid medicine is you do wind up with these bouts of coughing.
EARHARDT: See I was thinking, so she coughed. We all have allergies, we all have our coughing spells but it doesn’t look good when you have all of these conspiracy theories about her health. And I’m sure when she was at the podium she was freaking out, thinking, oh my gosh, what am I going to say? She came up with that clever line, which diverted the attention. Everyone started clapping, thinking she came up with a good line. Then she goes on her plane and I think she thought, I needed to divert attention away from my hacking, from my coughing so let me speak to the press and that’s why she went on the plane and was so excited. Then she started coughing on the plane.
Transcript via Media Matters.