Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton unleashed a series of tweets, starting at 3:20 a.m. Saturday in an apparent knock at her Republican opponent’s early Friday rant targeting former Miss Universe Alicia Machado.
Instead of a smearing a former beauty queen, however, Clinton tweeted about the merits of national service.
During Monday’s debate, Clinton brought up Trump’s prior insults toward the Venezuelan-born Machado, who was Miss Universe in 1996. Trump allegedly called the beauty queen “Miss Piggy,” after she gained some weight, and “Miss Housekeeping,” because she is Latina.
On Friday, Trump called Machado “disgusting” in a tweet and encouraged his followers to “check out” her alleged “sex tape.”
(Though numerous people have referred to the Twitter rant as occurring at “3 a.m.,” Trump’s tweets about Machado were actually within the 5 a.m. hour. Prior to that, he sent out a tweet complaining about the media at around 3:20 a.m.)
He also accused Clinton of helping Machado become a U.S. citizen so she could “use her in the debate.” Machado told “Inside Edition” in August that she became a citizen this year partly so she could vote against Trump.