Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sept. 30 to attack former Miss Universe Alicia Machado and accuse her of having a sex tape. In the same tweet, Trump accused Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton of helping Machado gain US citizenship so Clinton could use her name in the Sept. 26 presidential debate.
“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 full tweet reads.
“This is … unhinged, even for Trump,” Clinton responded in a tweet of her own, notes Politico.
She then went on to defend Machado and attack Trump’s view of women.
“What kind of man stays up all night to smear a woman with lies and conspiracy theories?” Clinton began. “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 continued. “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,” Clinton concluded.
The debate over Machado reignited at the first presidential debate when Clinton took the opportunity to hit Trump with the controversy and use it to paint him as a sexist.
“… one of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest, he loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them,” Clinton began, reports NPR. “And he called this woman Miss Piggy. Then he called her Miss Housekeeping because she was Latina. Donald she has a name. Her name is Alicia Machado and she has become a U.S. citizen and you can bet she's going to vote this November.”