Patton Oswalt: Clinton a ‘Badass’ for Campaigning with Pneumonia

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Comedian and prolific tweeter Patton Oswalt defended Hillary Clinton over concerns about her health on Sunday, calling it “badass” that the Democratic presidential candidate is campaigning “as hard as she is” after being diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday.

“Wait, so Hillary has PNEUMONIA and she’s still campaigning as hard as she is? You realize how badass that is, right?” the 47-year-old King of Queens star tweeted.

“Psychotic, dissociative narcissism with lack of empathy > pneumonia,” the comedian followed up, adding the hashtag “#ImWithHer.”

Concerns about the candidate’s health received renewed attention Sunday after Clinton left a September 11 memorial event in New York City early, and, in a video later posted online, stumbled and appeared to require help from aides while getting into her motorcade van.

Clinton’s campaign issued a statement saying that the candidate had felt “overheated,” before Clinton’s doctor, Dr. Lisa Bardack, said in a statement later Sunday that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday.

Earlier this month, FBI documents concerning the investigation into Clinton’s private email server released by the agency revealed that the former Secretary of State told investigators she could not recall every State Department briefing she received about handling sensitive material due to a concussion she had sustained in 2012.

Clinton cancelled her scheduled trip to California this week, where she had been set to attend fundraisers in Los Angeles and San Francisco on Monday and Tuesday, including at the homes of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane and billionaire businessman Barry Diller.

Oswalt has frequently defended Clinton and attacked her rival, Republican Donald Trump, to his more than 2.8 million followers on Twitter in recent months.

Still, not all of Clinton’s high-profile supporters praised the candidate for campaigning with pneumonia. On Sunday, liberal documentary filmmaker Michael Moore urged Clinton to take a week to rest, calling the pneumonia diagnosis “serious.”


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