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Hillary Clinton Defends Alicia Machado After Donald Trump’s Sex Tape Allegations

Hillary Clinton came to Alicia Machado’s defense again on Friday, September 30, after her controversial opponent Donald Trump claimed the former Miss Universe has a sex tape.

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“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?” the Republican presidential nominee, 70, tweeted at 2:30 a.m. PT on Friday.

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton participates in the Democratic Candidates Debate hosted by NBC News and YouTube in 2016.

“This is … unhinged, even for Trump. A few notes,” Clinton, 68, responded via Twitter. “What kind of man stays up all night to smear a woman with lies and conspiracy theories?”

As previously reported, Clinton used Trump’s past derogatory and malicious comments about Machado during the first presidential debate on Monday, September 26, as an example of the business mogul’s treatment of women. (Trump called her “Miss Piggy” and the “worst Miss Universe winner ever” during an appearance on Fox & Friends on September 27.) Machado has since appeared in an ad for Clinton, which ignited Trump’s most recent Twitter rant. 

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“Alicia deserves praise for courageously standing up to Trump’s attacks. And he has the gall to blame her — and say he ‘helped’?” Clinton continued on Twitter on Friday. “When something gets under Donald’s thin skin, he lashes out and can’t let go. This is dangerous for a president. … Trump obsessively bullies Rosie O’Donnell — an accomplished actor. He insulted Kim Kardashian for her weight — when she was pregnant. Pathetic.”

Alicia Machado
Miss Venezuela Alicia Machado won the Miss Universe Crown in 1996.

Clinton added that Trump’s insults and policies “reflect his disregard — and event contempt — for women.” The former secretary of state backed up her tweet by offering examples of Trump’s viewpoints.

She concluded her series of tweets by sharing Machado’s earlier response to Trump.

“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,” the Venezuelan beauty wrote in a lengthy statement via Instagram. “I want to thank you for all the support, love and respecting my career, myself as a human being and my family.”

Machado, 39, explained that she became a U.S. citizen because her daughter was born in the States.

“I will continue standing firm in my lived experience as Miss Universe and you with me supporting me,” she concluded on Instagram. “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.”

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