The van is now infamous — the backdrop to Hillary Clinton’s 9/11 medical episode that left her woozy, faint, and scrambling to spin the story.
As a lone onlooker recorded the scene, campaign staff and Secret Service personnel loaded the Democratic presidential nominee into a black Chevrolet conversion van that has transported the candidate and her staff over the past several weeks.
Tonight, Channel 7 News received a sneak peak into what sources close to the Clinton campaign call a “hospital on wheels.”
Channel 7 News first began looking into the Clinton campaign’s conversion van when it was reported that Clinton’s Secret Service detail employs two almost-identical vans, with one often serving as a decoy. Clinton does not own either van. Both are maintained by the Secret Service. Federal sources did not disclose the differences between the armored vans, but Channel 7 News’ reporters’ uncovered the shocking truth.
Both vans are bulletproof versions that Explorer Vans built in-house, working with military vendor BAE systems. BAE boasts that they “design, manufacture, upgrade, and support combat vehicles and provide ammunition, precision munitions, artillery systems, and missile launchers to a global customer base.”
According to law enforcement sources, Clinton’s customized vans warehouse a state-of-the-art automated external defibrillator (AED), a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia and shocks a heart back to its normal cadence.
Additionally, the van in which Clinton normally rides is fitted with an automatic full bed in the rear, which she uses to rest between campaign stops or while on the road.