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Today’s Trump Apocalypse Watch: Hillary’s No Good, Very Bad Day

Is Hillary Clinton dying and is America doomed?

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The Trump Apocalypse Watch is a subjective daily estimate, using a scale of one to four horsemen, of how likely it is that Donald Trump will be elected president, thus triggering an apocalypse in which we all die.

Monday was objectively a good day for Donald Trump. The media was focused on stories about Hillary Clinton’s health and her accurate but controversial description of many of his supporters as being obviously motivated by bigotry (she ended up walking those comments back). Clinton, meanwhile, has yet to reverse Trump’s narrowing of the polling gap, with this weekend’s polls continuing to show a tighter race than just last month.

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While a bout of pneumonia two months before an election won’t fell the former secretary of state’s presidential campaign, the negative news cycle and video footage of her appearing to be in poor health can only help Trump. That’s not to mention the toll of canceling two days’ worth of campaign events and fundraisers. There’s also completely dumb, ridiculous, and unfounded speculation that she might drop out of the race, which can’t be good for Team Clinton even if it is idiotic. Finally, the Republican presidential candidate was surprisingly on message in his comments about Clinton’s illness. The danger level is being raised, and is beginning to near the dreaded two horsemen mark.

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