Well before most people in America had arisen on Friday morning, Donald Trump grabbed his smartphone and unleashed a storm of tweets insulting former Miss Universe Alicia Machado and rival Hillary Clinton. The Republican nominee assailed the former beauty queen as “disgusting” and insinuated that Clinton helped her become a U.S. citizen in order to use her against him during the debate.
The first tweet in the tirade was issued at 3:20 a.m., warning his supporters that any stories about “[himself] or [his] campaign saying “sources said” … are just made up lies!” Two hours later, Trump began to make up his own allegations, tweeting that “using Alicia M in the debate as a paragon of virtue just shows that Crooked Hillary suffers from BAD JUDGEMENT! Hillary was set up by a con.”
Trump continued his assault on Machado and Clinton’s character in a follow up tweet, asking his followers, “Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen so she could use her in the debate?”
The tweets were the latest effort on the part of the Trump campaign to paint Machado as a porn star and a criminal. Trump has been on the attack against the beauty queen ever since it was revealed in Monday’s debate that the billionaire had allegedly called her “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping” while she reigned as Miss Universe.
While Machado has posed nude for the Mexican version of Playboy magazine and taken part in risqué reality TV, The Daily Beast and other outlets have found no evidence that Machado starred in any pornographic films and that alleged clips of Machado posted online in fact featured a different woman entirely. The allegation that Machado is a criminal stems from a 1998 attempted murder case in which she was investigated but never charged for allegedly serving as a getaway driver for her then boyfriend.
Talking points released by the Trump campaign earlier this week called Machado’s accusations against him “totally baseless and unsubstantiated.” Asked about those same claims in May, Trump said, “To that, I will plead guilty.” Later Friday morning, Machado took to her Instagram account to respond to Trump’s overnight attacks calling his words “slander and lies,” according to a translation.
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