Clinton's Collapse: Trust Issues Could Threaten Millennial Support

By, Molly McElwee

Donald Trump's camp has repeatedly targeted Hillary Clinton's supposed frailty throughout the 2016 presidential race.

However, the seemingly flimsy and unfounded attacks gained legitimacy, after Clinton nearly collapsed while leaving a 9/11 memorial event at Ground Zero. She had been at the ceremony for about 90 minutes and before feeling "overheated". Clinton's camp then belatedly confirmed their candidate had been diagnosed with pneumonia, and she has since taken three days off the campaign trail.

This followed on from Clinton being forced to backtrack on comments calling Trump supporters "a basket of deplorables".

A Reuters poll found Clinton leading by 29 points among likely millennial voters last week, but the lasting effects of the camp's debacle over the weekend is starting to show some worrying signs.

However, Laura Epstein of The People for the American Way adamantly believes that there is little that will change the mind of these millennial voters supporting Hillary.

"Millennials just aren't going to trust Donald Trump on issues like education," said Epstein. "They're not going to trust him on issues like LGBT rights where we know that he'll appoint Supreme Court justices who are against LGBT rights."

Epstein went on to say that Trump encourages women, who are sexually harassed in the workplace, to find another career, and that if women aren't making the same as men they're not putting in the same amount of effort.

"We're going to see through that."

Trump has particularly struggled throughout his campaign with women voters, and Epstein insisted that Clinton's history of championing women's issues would continue to overpower his campaign's attempts to reign in her lead.

"We know that Hillary Clinton has fought for women her entire life, she's this incredible role model and she has so much experience," Epstein explained. "Kellyanne Conway's role as campaign manager isn't going to change the fact that we know that Donald Trump is just not standing with women."

Polls have shown that since Conway, the Republican pollster, became Trump's campaign manager his numbers have fluctuated among women. This inconsistency in results may suggest he could still gain women's support should Clinton's campaign suffer - as it did this weekend. On Tuesday, Trump made a pitch to young mothers and women by announcing an extensive childcare plan with his daughter Ivanka.

Like Epstein, Democratic political commentators are playing down the potential effects of Clinton's worrying weekend, and are instead directing attention to Trump's failure to match the same level of disclosure in health records and tax returns as Clinton.

Despite this, Clinton's poor handling of the events has caused many to question her trustworthiness once again, and played into Trump's on-going "Crooked Hillary" rhetoric. A poll by YouGov for The Times has shown that 46 percent of US voters do not believe Clinton's explanation of the illness that led her to almost faint on Sunday afternoon.

Whether her health concerns will have real, lasting repercussions on the election's results is unknown, but what is certain is that with the first presidential debate looming, this week will be one the Clinton camp wants to forget - and wants the voters to forget - as quickly as possible.