'Donald Trump is a hypocrite for attacking Hillary Clinton over 9/11 memorial collapse'

Leading author defends Hillary Clinton against transparency accusations

Bill Bernard backed the Democratic candidate in the wake of her pneumonia diagnosis (Getty)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Leading author Bill Bernard has defended Hillary Clinton from accusations about her transparency, suggesting Donald Trump is a hypocrite for attacking her on this issue.

In the wake of a video of the Democratic candidate collapsing as she left a 9/11 memorial in New York City, Clinton has admitted she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She also admitted she ignored doctors' advice to skip the event.

Bernard, the author of Dixiecrats and Democrats and a historian, dismissed the claims by pointing out the differences between her and her opposing Republican candidate, Donald Trump.

"I think it was a mistake not to own up to it immediately or take the doctor's advice," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "But I also think it's entirely in character that she did what so many other Americans do when they come down with walking pneumonia - they go about their business. 

"I think it's an incredibly irony that she's being accused of a lack of transparency when she's the one who's released more medical records. 

"Donald Trump has released nothing but the laughable couple of paragraphs from his doctor.

"Also on taxes - she's released 37 years of her tax returns. He's released not a single tax return."

"What is it that he's fearful of?"