During the last momnets of the presidential debate this week, Hillary Clinton laid a trap. Donald Trump took the bait — and hasn’t stopped playing into her hands since then.And this just in:
“One of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest,” Clinton said Monday night, launching into an attack to try to claim Donald Trump is sexist during the Hofstra University debate. “He loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them. And he called this woman ‘Miss Piggy.’ Then he called her ‘Miss Housekeeping,’ because she was Latina. Donald, she has a name.”
“Her name is Alicia Machado,” Clinton added.
Not many voters knew Machado’s name until then. But because of Donald Trump’s reaction — and inability to stop talking about her accusations since the debate — they do now....
Since the debate — the first of the three between Clinton and Trump — it has been the dominant campaign story in the news. And the Clinton campaign couldn’t be happier: it keeps all attention off her, the Clinton Foundation, her health and other problematic topics while Trump battles with a Latino woman over something said 20 years ago...
Machado is no Mother Teresa. She has been accused of playing a role in a 1998 murder and of threatening the judge in the case. (Appearing on CNN this week, she didn’t deny the allegations, only saying: “Everybody has a past, and I’m not a saint girl, but that is not the point now.”)
She appeared nude in Mexican Playboy in 2006 and 2012. And she was filmed having sex while appearing on a 2005 episode of a Spanish reality show.
Early Friday morning, Trump went on another Twitter rant, once again, drawing more attention to the spat. It’s a move that guarantees more news coverage, including on the Sunday morning news shows over the weekend.
“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.
“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,” Trump wrote in another tweet.
“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?” he added.
The refusal to leave the issue alone has baffled some conservatives.
-RWHillary Clinton called Alicia Machado on the way to the airport here in FL, per @NickMerrill— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) September 30, 2016