Yep, he just went there. Donald Trump escalated his feud with former Miss Universe Alicia Machado by telling his followers to “check out [her] sex tape” during one of his infamous Twitter rants on Friday, September 30.
As viewers saw during the presidential debate on Monday, September 26, Hillary Clinton brought up Machado as an example of Trump’s treatment of women, saying that the mogul, 70, bullied the Latina beauty queen in 1997 and called her “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping.” Machado, 39, later appeared in an ad for the Democratic presidential nominee, revealing more details about how she was treated by the billionaire businessman.
Trump, who already hit back at Machado’s comments in the media, tweeted several more derogatory comments towards the Venezuela native on Friday. “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!” he tweeted.
The real estate tycoon added in a second tweet, “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.”
Finally, he wrote, “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?”
Machado responded to Trump’s tweets in a statement on Instagram on Friday. In the post (translated from Spanish), she wrote, “The Republican candidate and his campaign team are again generating attacks, insults and trying to revive slurs and false accusations about my life. All this in order to intimidate and humiliate me again. The attacks that have emerged are cheap lies and slanders generated with bad intentions, which have no foundation that have been spread by sensationalist media. This, of course, is not the first time that I face such a situation. Through his hate campaign, the Republican candidate insists on discrediting and demoralizing a woman, which is definitely one of the most terrifying features. With this, seeking to distract attention from their real problems and his inability to pretend to be the leader of this great country.”
She continued, “When I was a young girl, the now-candidate humiliated me, he insulted me and publicly disrespected me, as he usually did privately in the cruelest way. As this happened to me, it is clear through the years, that these actions and behaviors have been repeated with other women for decades. Therefore, I will keep standing, sharing my story, my absolute support for Mrs. Clinton on behalf of women, my sisters, aunts, grandmothers, cousins, friends and female community. I want to thank you for all the support, love and respecting my career, myself as a human being and my family. I became a citizen of this great country because my daughter was born here and because I wanted to exercise my rights, including voting. I will continue standing firm in my lived experience as Miss Universe and you with me supporting me. I’ve been so pleased with many kind words, for so much love. I’m focusing on my busy career, in my work as mother and I will continue taking positive steps for the Latino community, I will continue as an activist for women’s rights and respect we deserve. I appreciate all your love and all your support again, thanks.”
The former Celebrity Apprentice star had already bashed Machado’s alleged weight gain during a Fox & Friends interview on September 27. “She was the worst [Miss Universe] we ever had. The worst. The absolute worst. She was impossible,” he said. “She was the winner, and she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem. We had a problem. Not only that, her attitude. We had a real problem with her.”
Machado has continued to fight back too, insisting that Trump’s cruel comments took a real toll on her emotionally. “You know, with 18 years old, when you are growing up, that was horrible for me,” she told the Today show on September 28. “My self-esteem [was] on the floor.”
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