Hillary Clinton broke her post-9/11 silence tonight with an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper. Claiming that she felt dizzy but did not lose consciousness (all video evidence aside), the presidential candidate proclaimed that she didn't think the pneumonia was "going to be that big a deal," and is now "feeling so much better." Cooper did press Clinton on the number of times this has happened - more than once - but Clinton took the opportunity to ironically call out her opponent for his lack of transparency.
So judge for yourself. This is what happened...
And this is what she told Anderson Cooper...
As CNN reports, Hillary Clinton said Monday night she's "met a high standard of transparency" about her health and didn't think the pneumonia was "going to be that big a deal."
Clinton said she felt dizzy and lost her balance Sunday, but did not lose consciousness, and is now "feeling so much better."
"I was supposed to rest five days -- that's what they told me on Friday -- and I didn't follow that very wise advice," Clinton told CNN's Anderson Cooper in a phone interview.
"So I just want to get this over and done with and get back on the trail as soon as possible," she said.
But during her interview Monday, Clinton sought to turn criticism of her secrecy over her illness into an attack on Republican rival Donald Trump.
"Compare everything you know about me with my opponent. I think it's time he met the same level of disclosure that I have for years," Clinton told Cooper.
She said her campaign didn't publicly reveal her diagnosis because "I just didn't think it was going to be that big of deal."
Finally, Cooper asked about Bill Clinton's remark in an interview with Charlie Rose that she has occasionally become dehydrated and gone through episodes like Sunday's, and how many times that has happened before...
"I think really only twice that I can recall," Clinton said.
"You know, it is something that has occurred a few times over the course of my life, and I'm aware of it, and usually can avoid it," she said.
So a 'stumble' that appeared more like a full drag, leaving a shoe behind... has happened before... but "wasn't a big deal." Ok.