Hillary Clinton’s health issues have establishment Democrats “nervously beginning to whisper” about finding a replacement for her should she need to “step aside,” according to one prominent political commentator.
During an appearance on NPR’s “Morning Edition” Monday morning, ABC’s Cokie Roberts said some in the party were already having discussions about such a possibility.
Asked how Democrats were reacting to Clinton’s collapse at the 9/11 memorial ceremony Sunday, Roberts said that “people are angry at the lack of transparency.” She added, “It was hours before the pneumonia diagnosis was revealed after seeing this incredibly damaging video of her being helped and stumbling into a van.”
Roberts explained that the reason the Clinton campaign has “not been transparent” (her polite euphemism for lying) is because her health issues give Donald Trump ammunition.
“He has been setting her up for this for months,” she said. “Back in January, he said she didn’t have the strength and stamina to be president.” Roberts opined that Trump “knew that at some point in the campaign schedule [Clinton] — like all candidates — would get exhausted.”
“The fact that it comes now when the polls are tightening and Democrats are already saying that Hillary was the only candidate who could not beat Trump and it is taking her off of the campaign trail, canceling her trip to California – it has them very nervously beginning to whisper about having her step aside and finding another candidate.”
Roberts maintained that this scenario was “unlikely to be a real thing,” but went on to float Vice President Joe Biden as a possible replacement.
“I think it is unlikely to be a real thing,” she said. “And I’m sure it is an overreaction of an already skittish party. But you know, they have looked at what happens in that circumstance. The Democratic National Committee chair convenes the committee and they vote. Now ironically, the candidate who everybody looks at is Joe Biden, who is older than Hillary Clinton. But then again, so is Donald Trump and by the way we know nothing about his health.”
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