During a press conference in New York City with Mayor Bill de Blasio, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler passed out.
Right before Nadler passed out de Blasio asked him if he was okay. Nadler responded “no” and covered his face.
Brooklyn reporter Henry Rosoff said that Nadler’s face was “paper white.”
— Henry Rosoff (@HenryRosoff) May 24, 2019
Though this was a big-time scare, the 71-year-old Nadler downplayed it. The office of Nadler said he is fine and he “seems to be dehydrated” and blamed it on the temperature of the room.
More on the story from Fox News:
Nadler, 71, was speaking at a press conference on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, alongside 2020 Democratic hopeful New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, when the incident happened. De Blasio could be seen checking on him and patting him on the shoulder, as someone brought over a glass of water.
Fox News is told the congressman was being taken to a hospital in an ambulance.
“He is now responsive and receiving a check-up,” a spokesman told Fox News.
Nadler’s office noted that he was sitting down, so he “did not faint or anything.”
But local reporters on social media attending the event said that Nadler appeared to have briefly passed out.
Here is the tweet Nadler issued to confirm that he is fine:
Appreciate everyone's concern. Was very warm in the room this morning, was obviously dehydrated and felt a bit ill. Glad to receive fluids and am feeling much better. Thank you for your thoughts.
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) May 24, 2019