The US Presidential election campaign declined further into bizarre terrain with gossip about the use of a body double by Hillary Clinton, speculation about Russia poisoning her, and more leaked emails, one of which had former Secretary of State Colin Powell calling Donald Trump a ''national disgrace, a ‘The Times of India’ report has said.
Clinton's temporary breakdown due to pneumonia bout has triggered conjecture about her physical health after her collapse at the 9/11 memorial apparently due to heat exhaustion caused by pneumonia.
Several theories are being made to make the case from the video and photos following to the fainting episode. Pphoto-shopping, Camera angles, and plain fantasist hyperbole and overstatement could well explain the astonishing charge.
Such is the atmosphere advanced by Republican congregation that anything goes in the ''Hate Hillary'' cause from ascribing cancer and Parkinson's to her to blaming her of being in cahoots with foreign forces.
Clinton campaign has fueled this rumor-industry with lack of clarity and transparency, going back to secrecy, and delinquency on the issue of private mail servers and the Clinton Foundation.
On Tuesday, the liberal media, aired views of a Nigeria-born doctor who guessed that Hillary Clinton may have been poisoned, possibly by the Trump-Putin combine.
''I must advice [sic] the Clinton campaign to perform toxicologic analysis of Ms. Clinton's blood. It is possible she is being poisoned,'' Bennet Omalu, who has done pioneering work on concussion among American football players, wrote on Twitter Sunday night. ''I do not trust Mr. Putin and Mr. Trump. With those two all things are possible,'' he added.
The Democrat presidential candidate remained out of sight, heavily guarded at her New York home while all this was happening.
Her campaign said she would return to election trail on Thursday recovered and fit.