Watch: Kimmel Gives Hillary Debate Prep on How to Take Down the Schoolyard Bully

When Hillary Clinton was a guest on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Monday night, host Jimmy Kimmel jokingly indulged in Donald Trump's half-baked, untrue rumors—and may even have attempted to start the next one. 

"Who would think this audience would be so enthusiastic about the cofounder of ISIS?" Kimmel asked Clinton, sarcastically referring to Trump's accusations.

Clinton laughed. "Yeah, that was one of the the crazier things that has been said in this campaign," she told Kimmel, reflecting on the whirlwind of the 2016 election. 

Kimmel, however, was very curious about the Democratic nominee's initial reaction to the absurd accusations hurled by Trump. 

"Do you laugh? Do you think it's funny? Or do you get upset? How does it hit you?" he asked her. 

"I don't get upset anymore, because I'd be upset all the time," Clinton answered, matter-of-factly. "I think it's crazy, but then I think, 'You know, this is like giving aid and comfort to the bad guys.'"

"I think there's enough evidence now that when Trump talks the way he talks, it actually helps the terrorists, because they make a case, as they made with this comment, 'Oh well, see, you know, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, they created ISIS. We heard this from Donald Trump, who's running for president; he's the Republican nominee.' So, I think it's crazy, but I think it's also harmful," Clinton continued.

"How do you prepare for a debate with Donald Trump?" Kimmel wanted to know.

Clinton isn't quite sure yet. 

"I'm here to ask for your help," she told Kimmel, which isn't too far-fetched considering both Sean Hannity and Roger Ailes are both informally advising Trump.  And Kimmel was much obliged. 

"I might be able to fill in for him," Kimmel said. 

Clinton then thought back to Trump's GOP debate tactics, during which he insulted everyone from the moderators to his opponents to most of the American people.

"How do you prepare for that?" Clinton asked rhetorically. "I think, on the one hand, it's a serious chance for Americans to tune in, and if they haven't made up their minds, to try and make up their minds, so I want to take it seriously; I want to talk about what we can do and how important it is, but you've got to be prepared for, like, wacky stuff that comes at you and I am drawing on my experience in elementary school... You know, the guy who pulled your ponytail," Clinton said.

The audience roared. 

"The ponytail-puller! But that meant he liked you," Kimmel reminded Clinton. 

"This is how great rumors get started," said Clinton.

And Kimmel's debate prep? Reading Donald Trump quotes without laughing. Could you do it? 

The first presidential debate is Monday, September 26. 

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