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When it comes to Alicia Machado, Hillary Clinton is with her

By Dave Quinn
Updated September 30, 2016 02:00 PM
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“What kind of man stays up all night to smear a woman with lies and conspiracy theories?”

That’s what Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wants to know about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

The 68-year-old former Secretary of State tweeted that question on Friday, in response to the 70-year-old businessman’s 3 A.M. Twitter storm in which he attacked Alicia Machado‘s past and questioned Clinton’s judgement.

“This is…unhinged, even for Trump,” Clinton wrote. “Alicia deserves praise for courageously standing up to Trump’s attacks. And he has the gall to blame her – and say he ‘helped?’ ”

Added Clinton, “When something gets under Donald’s thin skin, he lashes out and can’t let go. This is dangerous for a president.”

During Monday night’s presidential debate, Clinton pointed out Trump’s body shaming of the the former Miss Universe. Trump had allegedly called the then-teenage girl “Miss Piggy,” “Miss Housekeeping” and an “Eating Machine” when she had put on weight after winning the crown in 1996.

“Wow, Crooked Hillary was duped and used by my worst Miss U.” Trump tweeted. “Hillary floated her as an ‘angel’ without checking her past, which is terrible! 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.”

He added: “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?”

Trump’s “sex tape” claims appear to refer to an image from a 2005 clip of Machado, when she was a contestant on a Spanish language reality show. In the shot, she appears fully clothed on a bed with a male contestant. No other sex tape has been surfaced since.

His other comments about her “terrible” past reference a 1998 controversy, in which a judge in Venezuela accused Machado of threatening to kill him after he indicted her then-boyfriend for attempted murder. According to the AP, Machado was accused of driving the getaway car of then-boyfriend Juan Rafael Rodriguez Regetti – who was accused of shooting and wounding his sister’s husband who he blamed for his sister’s suicide.

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Machado denied any involvement in the case and was never indicted for the getaway car allegations, due to lack of evidence.

“I have my past, of course,” Machado told Anderson Cooper on Thursday. “Everybody had a past. I’m not a saint girl, but that is not the point now.”

“That moment in Venezuela was wrong – was another speculation about my life,” she added, addressing the reports about her. “He can use whatever he wants to use. The point is, [the weight-shaming] happened, 20 years ago.”

Machado put out a statement about events of the past week Friday afternoon.

“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,” she says.

“Through his attacks, he’s attempting to distract from his campaign’s real problems and his inability to be the leader of this great country. When I was young, the now candidate, humiliated me, insulted me, disrespected me both publicly and privately in the cruelest way. The same way this happened to me, it’s clear that throughout the years, he’s continued his actions and behavior with other women.”