Skip Nav

Christiane Amanpour on Hillary Clinton Having Pneumonia

Christiane Amanpour Perfectly Called Out the Sexist Double Standard Over Hillary Clinton's Pneumonia

A video of Christiane Amanpour criticizing the media for "having a field day" over Hillary Clinton's pneumonia is going viral. The CNN chief international correspondent called out the sexist double standard over how Clinton was treated after video surfaced of her stumbling while leaving a 9/11 memorial over the weekend. Instead of recognizing that the Democratic presidential nominee has been relentlessly campaigning for more than a year and might have had an "off day," Amanpour said, many in the media suggested Clinton's illness was part of a larger health issue she was trying to cover up.

"Can't a girl have a sick day or two?" Amanpour asked. "Don't get me started because when it comes to overqualified women having to try a hundred times harder then underqualified men to get a break or even a level playing field β€” well, we know that story." Amanpour then compared Clinton to past presidents who have been ill and served the country. Franklin Pierce, our country's 14th president, fainted so much, his nickname was Fainting Franklin; Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in a wheelchair as a result of polio; John F. Kennedy had Addison's disease; and George H. W. Bush famously threw up on a Japanese prime minister before fainting during a state dinner.

"Leading the world in sickness and in health β€” if the boys can do it, why not the women?" Amanpour said.

Latest News