If a politician and her team lied repeatedly about an event nearly everyone has seen, would they still believe her? A snap poll from Politico and Morning Consult over Hillary Clinton’s collapse at a 9/11 memorial event provides a classic glass-half-empty-or-half-full scenario. Half of the 1500 registered voters surveyed said that Hillary had lied about her health. That, of course, leaves half choosing to believe Team Hillary’s lips over their own lyin’ eyes:
–It’s a trust issue: 50% of people polled say Hillary Clinton has given the public false information about her health. Just 37% say the same about Donald Trump.
Let’s recap the events that took place on Sunday. Breaking news went out across the nation that Hillary had left the 9/11 memorial service in New York under some distress; her campaign said she’d “overheated” in 79-degree weather. The video of her collapsing in the street went out, and her team claimed she had only gotten “dehydrated.” A couple of hours later, Hillary herself went out to the street to wave at cameras, hug a little girl who just so happened to slip through a Secret Service cordon (one that all but managed to block view of her collapse earlier), and declare herself recovered. Hours later, the campaign admitted Hillary had pneumonia and canceled two days of events.