- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday said his wife is recovering from a typical battle with “the flu,” not pneumonia as her campaign revealed earlier this week.

Speaking at a campaign rally in Las Vegas, Mr. Clinton wrongly diagnosed Hillary Clinton and said the media is making far too much of the illness.

“It’s a crazy time we live in, you know, when people think there’s something unusual about getting the flu,” he said. “Last time I checked, millions of people were getting it every year.”

A spokesman for Mr. Clinton reportedly cleared up the mistake within minutes, telling Politico that the 42nd president meant to say pneumonia.

On Sunday, Mrs. Clinton left a Sept. 11 memorial event, and aides had to physically help her into a waiting van. Initially, the Clinton campaign said for the former first lady was dehydrated, but later admitted she’d been diagnosed with pneumonia.

Mrs. Clinton is expected to return to the campaign trail Thursday.

• Ben Wolfgang can be reached at bwolfgang@washingtontimes.com.

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