Some times, try as you might, you just can’t have it both ways.

This week found Hillary Clinton in that awkward position, dancing on the fine line between two sides of the same coin.

While proving that she could open a jar of pickles on a late night comedy show to demonstrate that she is healthy enough to serve as president, Clinton played the health card in her FBI interview to excuse claims of memory loss while serving as Secretary of State.

And now the reoccurrence of a persistent cough is flying in the face of allegations by her supporters that any questions about her health are out of bounds.

Attempting to speak to reporters in a carefully staged visit to the press quarters onboard her new jet, Clinton was able to take only seven questions before the coughing fit forced her back to her seat after trying to joke that she was “allergic to Trump.”

Clinton took a pill along with several sips of water, but continued coughing as her running mate, Tim Kaine  seemed unsure of how to help.

The pickle jar may or may not have been “pre-loosened” by Democrat-friendly TV host Jimmy Kimmel, but Clinton’s interview with the FBI regarding her unauthorized use of a secret email server was deadly serious.

Clinton, who has been in and around politics at the highest levels for over three decades, presumably understood that she was in the fight of her life when she met with bureau investigators over the 4th of July weekend, which may explain why she suddenly developed “situational amnesia.”

Notes and documents released Friday by the bureau reveal that Clinton responded that she “could not recall” to more than 30 questions posed by the FBI.

“… in December of 2012, Clinton suffered a concussion and then around the New Year had a blood clot. Based on her doctor’s advice, she could only work at State for a few hours a day and could not recall every briefing she received.”

Mrs. Clinton suffered complications, including a blood clot to the brain, requiring hospitalization and the use of glasses with special lenses to treat double-vision after falling in her home and sustaining a concussion in December 2012.

Clinton, who will be 69 at the time of the election, has been notably absent from the grueling campaign trail for days at a time while Trump thrives on a frenetic daily schedule appearing at huge, boisterous rallies, giving countless interviews, and even making a last-minute trip to Mexico City to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Clinton’s coughing episode on the plane followed a prolonged outburst that interrupted a speech in Cleveland earlier in the day.

The Democrat candidate is a contradiction – she is either supremely qualified for the highest job in the country, or doesn’t know how to treat classified material. She is either in excellent health or dealing with the effects of a serious head injury and a lingering cough as a symptom of an underlying illness.

Maybe even Clinton isn’t sure.

 

 

 

 

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