Posted: 7:40 am Friday, September 30th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
In a series of early morning tweets, Donald Trump fanned the flames on a dispute with a former Miss Universe, as Trump claimed the existence of a “sex tape” involving Alicia Machado, who has joined in Hillary Clinton’s attacks against Trump since being mentioned in Monday’s debate at Hofstra University.
“Crooked Hillary was duped and used by my worst Miss U,” Trump tweeted, as he sent out four tweets between 3 am and 5 am on Friday morning.
“Anytime you see a story about me or my campaign saying “sources said,” DO NOT believe it,” Trump added.
Here are his series of Friday morning tweets from before sunrise:
The time stamps on these tweets: 3:20am, 5:14am, 5:19am, 5:30am https://t.co/s3zZoaskLN
— Jose A. DelReal (@jdelreal) September 30, 2016
One note – Trump misspelled the word “judgment” – I note this only because he does it repeatedly in his tweets.
With the urgency of an election less than 40 days away, the GOP nominee is asking voters to check out a "sex tape."
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) September 30, 2016
I'm going to assume this is the first time in American history a major nominee has invited the public to watch a sex tape.
— andrew kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) September 30, 2016
Trump – who has not been known in this campaign for being disciplined – ensured that the Miss Universe dispute would be talked about even more on Friday morning TV and radio.
“Maybe Trump should try something more productive at 3:20am – how about debate prep?” said Jim Merrill, who helped run Marco Rubio’s campaign in New Hampshire.
Trump has an easy task: cast race as choice btwn change vs status quo. Instead he chooses B. Clinton's infidelities and a fight w/ Ms U.
— amy walter (@amyewalter) September 30, 2016
"Check out sex tape," said the Republican nominee on September 30. https://t.co/3tUdNrp8v9
— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) September 30, 2016
If you are sort of puzzled by all of this – go back to the debate when Clinton brought up this issue, talking about how Trump called his Miss Universe, “Miss Piggy” and more.
As the following clip shows, this got attention on Inside Edition – you may chuckle about that, but it’s an issue that will get to a lot of people who normally don’t watch the network news or the cable TV news networks.
Over at the Clinton Campaign, chief spokesman Brian Fallon was more than happy to jab at Trump first thing this morning:
How are the Trump surrogates going to defend this one today?
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) September 30, 2016