Hillary Clinton’s campaign has been egging Trump on over Alicia Machado, a former Miss Universe winner who Trump called “Ms. Housekeeping” and “Ms. Piggy.” Around 2:30 a.m. Friday, Trump went on a Twitter rampage further smearing Machado, alleging she appeared in a sex tape and that Clinton used political influence to help Machado become a U.S. citizen.
Clinton’s attacks stemmed from a moment at the end of Monday night’s presidential debate:
As the Clinton campaign likely expected, that moment didn’t pass away after the debate. Instead, Trump doubled down on his insult the next morning, and turned Clinton’s 30 second attack into a weeklong story. The attack ads continued to write themselves.
Is Donald Trump Having Another Khizr Khan Moment?In the latest of several Alicia Machado-themed Clinton ads, “Degrading” flashes back to 1997 when Trump “publicly humiliated” the Miss Universe winner. “He even took her to a gym,” an unseen newscaster says, “and invited the media to watch her work out.”
Then we see Trump who explains the “problem.”
“She weighed 118 pounds or 117 pounds and she went up to 160 or 170,” Trump says. “So this is somebody that likes to eat.”
As any gentleman will surely tell you, talking about a woman’s weight is the simplest way to find yourself in the doghouse, but the ad fast forwards to 2016 and apparently Trump has not learned that lesson. On Tuesday morning, Trump called into Fox & Friends and doubled down, “She gained a massive amount of weight and it was a real problem.” The ad ends with the message “20 years later, the real problem is Donald Trump.”
It turns out Clinton was right about one thing – Donald Trump is someone you can bait with a tweet.At Monday’s debate Clinton threw a ton of lines out to Trump – but the Alicia Machado line is the one that got a bite. Within an hour of the debate ending, Clinton already had an ad out starring Machado.
Since then Machado has been appearing daily on various news shows and attack ads from the Clinton campaign and its allies.
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
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.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016
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
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
But, like Trump’s wife Melania said at the Republican National Convention, “When you attack him, he will punch back 10 times harder.”
Looks like that much is true. For better or for worse.