IT WAS a small stumble by a sick and tired 68-year-old woman. Yet the dizzy spell Hillary Clinton suffered on September 11th, which caused her to retreat, tottering, from a memorial service in New York, looks like a giant gift to Donald Trump.

 A video clip, circulated feverishly on Twitter, showed Mrs Clinton appearing to collapse momentarily into the arms of her bodyguards as she was forced to leave the service for the victims of the 9/11 attacks prematurely. She proceeded to the nearby home of her daughter, Chelsea, to recuperate.    

“Secretary Clinton attended the September 11th commemoration ceremony for just an hour and thirty minutes this morning to pay her respect and greet some of the families of the fallen,” said a spokesman for the Democratic nominee. “During the ceremony, she felt overheated, so departed to go to her daughter’s apartment and is feeling much better.”

 Re-emerging to public view, 90 minutes after her enforced exit, Mrs Clinton did appear to be recovered. “I’m feeling great,” she told a small crowd of onlookers. “It’s a beautiful day in New York”.  But the extent to which that was crisis management was made plain in a subsequent statement from her doctor—which revealed that the former secretary of state has pneumonia.    [Read more]