Alicia Machado is back on the defensive. After the first presidential debate on Sept. 26, in which Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump stood by his attacks on Machado, the 1996 Miss Universe took to Instagram to respond.
The post by Machado, as noted by Daily Kos, included a photo of her wrapped in an American flag:
The Republican candidate and his campaign team are again generating new attacks and insults and trying to revive old defamations and false accusations about my life. They're doing all this with the goal of intimidating, humiliating, and throwing me off balance yet again. The attacks are nothing but slander and cheap lies generated with ill intentions, that have no basis and have been distributed by tabloids. Of course, this isn't the first time I've encountered a situation like this. Via his hateful campaign, the Republican candidate insists on discrediting and demoralizing a woman, which is emblematic of his most frightening characteristics. Through this, he seeks to distract attention away from his real problems, and from his inability to even pretend aspire to be the leader of this great country.
Machado’s message comes just hours after Trump ranted against her and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Twitter.
“Wow, Crooked Hillary was duped and used by my worst Miss U,” Trump began in a tweet posted at 2:14 a.m. “Hillary floated her as an ‘angel’ without checking her past, which is terrible!”
“Using Alicia M in the debate as a paragon of virtue just shows that Crooked Hillary suffers from BAD JUDGEMENT!” he continued. “Hillary was set up by a con. … 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?”
Later in the morning on Sept. 30, Clinton responded on Twitter: “What kind of man stays up all night to smear a woman with lies and conspiracy theories?” she asked. “Alicia deserves praise for courageously standing up to Trump's attacks. And he has the gall to blame her—and say he ‘helped’?”
“When something gets under Donald's thin skin, he lashes out and can't let go,” Clinton added. “This is dangerous for a president. … To Donald, women like Alicia are only as valuable as his personal opinion about their looks. … While Donald continues day 5 of his Machado meltdown, we'll be in Florida talking about national service. You'll want to watch.”