Trump health al­le­ga­tions ‘wacky strat­egy’: Clin­ton

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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.” — AFP

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