Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump got into another controversy on 30 September when he posted a series of tweets calling former Miss Universe Alicia Machado "disgusting" and encouraged his followers to watch her alleged sex tape.
Trump's tweets between 3:20 am and 5:30 am targetted Alicia Machado, a Venezuelan actress and Miss Universe 1996.
Trump got so carried away while tweeting against the former beauty queen that he even theorised that his rival in the US Presidential election, Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State, was somehow involved in securing Machado a US citizenship so that she could use her in Monday's debate.
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?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016
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.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016
But it didn't take much of a time for Hillary Clinton to respond to Trump's tweets.
She said,"Trump finds it a lot easier to insult women than to talk to the president of Mexico about building a wall."
"His latest Twitter meltdown is unhinged, even for him.” —Hillary on Trump— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 30, 2016
She added, "Who gets up at 3 o'clock in the morning to engage in a Twitter attack against a former Miss Universe?" Further saying, "A man who can be provoked by a tweet should not be anywhere near the nuclear codes."
A man who can be provoked by a tweet should not be anywhere near the nuclear codes.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 30, 2016
Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, didn't accept allegations and insults from Trump and responded well by a press release.
In the press release, she said that Trump was "attempting to revive slanders and false accusations about my life, in order to humiliate, intimidate and unbalance me."
She also accused Trump of "demoralising women, minorities, and people of certain religions through his hateful campaign."
"I will not be bullied or silenced. I'm standing with women and the Latino community everywhere." pic.twitter.com/oz9vSNlqVr— Alicia Machado (@machadooficial) September 30, 2016
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders also didn't spare Trump for his misogynistic tweets and commented, "
It's pretty telling that Donald Trump thinks the problem with his sexist tweets is the time that they were sent."
It's pretty telling that Donald Trump thinks the problem with his sexist tweets is the time that they were sent. https://t.co/jF09wLSwao— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) September 30, 2016
According to The New York Times, the fact-checkers have found no evidence to support Trump's claim of an Alicia Machado sex tape. The Venezuela-born actress once posed topless for Playboy magazine in Mexico and was briefly part of a racy but censored scene in a reality TV show.