This post first appeared at Fellowship of the Minds
Do you remember Hillary Clinton in 2016, at the 9/11 memorial ceremony at the World Trade Center, collapsing into a waiting van?
We were told by Hillary’s spokesman Nick Merrill that she was “overheated” and dehydrated although the temperatures in New York hovered around 80 degrees most of that morning, with patchy sunlight, and the air was drier and pleasant by 11 a.m. when Hillary abruptly departed.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is a Hillary Clinton 2.0.
Not only are both “Progressives,” especially in their open door policy toward “refugees,” both eschew dresses and skirts in favor of pantsuits.
We can add another similarity: Like Hillary, Angela Merkel also has the shakes.
The AP reports (via ABC News) that on June 18, 2019, German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared unsteady and was visibly shaking as she stood next to new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy while a military band played their respective national anthems outside the chancellery in Berlin.
But following the anthems, Merkel seemed better, walking quickly along the red carpet with Zelenskiy into the building, pausing to greet the military band and take a salute.
About an hour later, at a joint news conference, Merkel, who turns 65 next month, smiled broadly after a reporter asked whether her shaking was cause for concern. She replied that she was dehydrated and that she was fine: “Since then I’ve drunk at least three glasses of water, which I apparently needed, and now I’m doing very well.”
According to the AP, the temperature was 28°C (82°F).
The DPA news agency reported that this was not the first time Merkel has been seen shaking under similar circumstances in the hot sun. It did not give a date for that incident, but said it was also ascribed to Merkel not drinking enough water.
In 2014, Merkel postponed a television interview at the last minute after reported weakness, but her spokesman said at the time she was able to carry it out later after eating and drinking something.
It is not publicly known if Merkel, who has led Germany since 2005, has any health problems because German privacy laws are very strict on that type of information.
Did you know that the symptoms of kuru, the fatal neurodegenerative disease first identified among the Fore people of New Guinea who contracted the disease by performing cannibalism on corpses during funeral rituals, include muscle twitching, loss of coordination, difficulty walking and involuntary movements? In fact, the name kuru means “to shiver” or “trembling in fear.”