Election 2016: Hillary Clinton Inner Circle concerned about Hillary’s Mental Health Issues

Election 2016:

Hillary Clinton Inner Circle concerned about Hillary’s Mental Health Issues

‘Head Space’: How Hillary Clinton’s Inner Circle Tiptoes Around Her Health Issues

Ezra Dulis

cartoon-hillary_bingo_ben_garrisonHillary Clinton’s top campaign officials regularly discuss and assess the Democratic presidential candidate’s mental well-being, according to several conversations seen in Wikileaks’ release of campaign chairman John Podesta’s purported email accounts.

Monday’s new batch of emails revealed a new thread, flagged by The American Mirror, showing that Clinton’s state of mind worried Podesta enough to reach out to the campaign’s Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri — presumably because she was face-to-face with Clinton.

Podesta’s message simply says “How bad is her head?” under the subject heading “Any sense of whether and when she wants to talk?”

Podesta’s phrasing here calls to mind a term that the campaign’s inner circle uses several other times in these emails: “head space.” They drop this term in reference to Clinton’s mental focus, her memory for stump speech lines and talking points, or her ability to handle a task.

Minimizing Distress

However, Abedin does not always use the term positively. In July 2015, she relays that Clinton feels “overwhelmed” by the prospect of babysitting her granddaughter:

[S]he is a bit overwhelmed with picking [Chelsea Clinton’s daughter] Charlotte up to babysit her for the week. Oscar [Flores, who manages the Clinton’s Chappaqua home] got a stomach virus and they have been santizing [sic] the house all day so that the baby can be there. WJC [Bill Clinton] was out buying clorox wipes yesterday! so she hasnt [sic] been in the best head space. [emphasis added]

Clinton’s top staffers cite “head space” as a reason to delay or skip interviews with the press. An email thread from August 2015 shows Palmieri suggesting a media strategy for damage control on the investigation into Clinton’s unsecured private email server:

Beyond unscripted events, Clinton’s inner circle expresses concern about her ability to handle bad news or stressful situations.

Head Space’: How Hillary Clinton’s Inner Circle Tiptoes Around Her Health Issues

 

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