Jeffrey Katzenberg on Clinton's Health Scare: "Hillary Is the Rock of Gibraltar" (Exclusive)
"She remains the single most qualified person to be the next president," Katzenberg says of the Democratic presidential candidate.
Days after Hillary Clinton's fainting spell and pneumonia diagnosis have thrust the issue of her health into the presidential campaign, the candidate's biggest Hollywood champion is coming to her defense.
Jeffrey Katzenberg, who has given millions to Democratic causes and is helping organize the showbiz community's support for Clinton, is downplaying the recent developments, which included Clinton nearly fainting after leaving a 9/11 memorial event on Sunday and the revelation that she had been diagnosed with walking pneumonia two days earlier. The DreamWorks Animation founder says she still is better prepared to lead the country than her Republican rival Donald Trump.
"Hillary is the Rock of Gibraltar," Katzenberg tells The Hollywood Reporter. "This [incident] was minor and irrelevant. She remains the single most qualified person to be the next president and everyone here in Hollywood and the rest the world knows it."
Clinton, 68, was prepping to shake hands once again this week in Los Angeles on another round of fundraising events. But with the pneumonia diagnosis, she has elected to rest on the East Coast while her husband, Bill Clinton, fills in for her at a string of high-profile events. The former president was expected to attend and speak at pricey fundraisers at the homes of TV and film creator Seth MacFarlane and media mogul Barry Diller and wife Diane von Furstenberg.
For her part, Clinton explained the situation to CNN's Anderson Cooper: "What happened ... was that I just was incredibly committed to being at the memorial. As a senator on 9/11, this is incredibly personal to me. And I could feel how hot and humid it was, I felt overheated. I decided that I did need to leave and as soon as I got into the air-conditioned van, I cooled off, I got some water and very quickly, I felt better."
Clinton reportedly will return to the campaign trail on Thursday with a trip to Greensboro, N.C. She will follow it up with an appearance at the Black Women’s Agenda forum in Washington D.C. on Friday.