Trump blasts beauty queen in tweet tirade
Taunts prove opponent unfit, Clinton says
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Plunging deeper into campaign controversy, Donald Trump attempted to publicly shame a former beauty queen Friday for her “disgusting” sexual past and encouraged Americans to watch a “sex tape” he said would support his case.
Even some of Trump’s supporters shook their heads at his latest outburst, which could further hurt him among the nation’s women, many of them already skeptical, whose votes he’ll badly need to win election.
“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?” read a missive from Trump posted on Twitter at 5:30 a.m.
That referred to 1996 Miss Universe Alicia Machado, a Venezuela- born woman whose weight gain he has said created terrible problems for the pageant he formerly owned.
Trump’s pre-dawn tweetstorm ricocheted across the campaign trail.
Trump’s campaign accused the media and Hillary Clinton of colluding to set him up for fresh condemnation, to which Clinton retorted, “His latest Twitter meltdown is unhinged, even for him.”
“Who gets up at 3 o’clock in the morning to engage in a Twitter attack?” Clinton asked.
She said Trump’s tweets against Machado show that he is “temperamentally unfit” to be president.
Campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri said Clinton did not help Machado become a citizen.
The tweetstorm sparked criticism on the substance of Trump’s remarks and how they derail his anti-Clinton message. At the same time, the tweets drowned out Clinton’s policy speech, delivered Alicia Machado, Miss Universe 1996, has turned into a campaign issue for GOP nominee Donald Trump. Friday from Fort Pierce, Fla., on her plans to expand public service. It was another example of the challenge she faces as she seeks to give voters a more uplifting message — and a reason to vote for her, not just against Trump.
Machado took to Facebook to say Trump’s tweets were part of a pattern of “demoralizing women,” calling them“cheap lies with bad intentions.”
Planned Parenthood said it showed that Trump’s “misogyny knows no bounds.”
And Clinton said they showed anew why someone with Trump’s temperament “should not be anywhere