Trump attacks former Miss Universe on Twitter, urges voters to check her 'sex tape'
Clinton had lashed out on the debate stage at Trump's history of abusive remarks about women that included humiliating Machado over her weight gain and Latina origins, nicknaming her 'Miss Piggy' and 'Miss Housekeeping.' Photograph: (Getty)
Donald Trump attacked former Miss Universe Aliciia Machado on Friday in a tweet that urged his voters to check her 'sex tape'.
In a series of tweets, Trump suggested that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton helped Machado become a US citizen so she could use the former winner of a beauty pegeant in the US presidential debate. He further said that Hillary Clinton had been 'duped' by Machado as she had overlooked to check her 'terrible' past
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?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016
Wow, Crooked Hillary was duped and used by my worst Miss U. Hillary floated her as an "angel" without checking her past, which is terrible!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016
The Venezuelan-born former beauty queen has accused Trump of bullying her in the past. She shot to public attention when Clinton raised her case in this week's presidential debate.
Clinton responded to Trump's accusations by a series of her own tweets.
"His lastest Twitter meltdown is unhinged, even for him,'' Clinton wrote.
Clinton and Trump then went on to have a Twitter repertoire.
"Who gets up at 3 o'clock in the morning to engage in a Twitter attack against a former Miss Universe?” —Hillary— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 30, 2016
For those few people knocking me for tweeting at three o'clock in the morning, at least you know I will be there, awake, to answer the call!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016
Clinton had lashed out on the debate stage at Trump's history of abusive remarks about women that included humiliating Machado over her weight gain and Latina origins, nicknaming her "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping."
According to the fact-checking website Snopes, Trump's sex tape allegation appears to refer to Machado's appearance on a reality TV show in which she is shown in bed with another participant, under the covers, AFP reported.
In an Instagram post, Alicia Machado responded to Trump's allegations: "The Republican candidate and his campaign are, once again launching attacks, insults and are attempting to revive slanders and false accusations about my life, in order to humiliate, intimidate, and unbalance me. These attacks are cheap lies with bad intentions. This, of course, is not the first time the candidate insists on discrediting someone or insists on demoralizing women, minorities, and people of certain religions through his hateful campaign."
(WION with inputs from AFP)