Los Angeles — Hillary Clinton pushed back on Monday against charges that she's physically unfit for the White House.
The Democratic presidential candidate said the accusations are part of a "wacky strategy" by GOP rival Donald Trump and an "alternative reality" that's not focused on the kinds of issues that are most important to voters.
"I do feel sometimes like this campaign has entered into an alternative universe," she said in an appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live taped on Monday afternoon. "I have to step into the alternative reality and, you know, answer questions about, am I alive, how much longer will I be alive, and the like."
Clinton said she doesn't question Trump's health — she believes he's "healthy as a horse".
"This has become one of their themes," she said. "Make sure I'm alive."
The comments marked the first time Clinton has addressed debunked rumours about her health, which have been encouraged by Trump and his backers.
Much of the speculation stems from a concussion Clinton sustained in December 2012 after fainting, an episode her doctor has attributed to a stomach virus and dehydration.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani urged voters to "go online and put down 'Hillary Clinton illness,'" in an interview with Fox News on Sunday, saying the next morning that she "looks sick". Trump has questioned her stamina at campaign rallies and speeches, saying in a foreign policy address earlier this month that she "lacks the mental and physical stamina to take on ISIS".
When asked about her preparations for the three debates with Trump, Clinton said she's taking the match-up seriously but is getting ready for "wacky stuff."