Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to task Friday for his middle-of-the-night smear campaign against former Miss Universe Alicia Machado.
The pageant winner became the focus of the presidential campaign this week after Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton referenced her story during Monday night’s debate. Machado has said Trump bullied her for gaining weight after winning the 1996 Miss Universe title, calling her names like “Miss Piggy” and describing her as an “eating machine.” Trump has stood by his criticism of Machado, telling “Fox & Friends” she “gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem.”
Early Friday, Trump erupted again, sending several tweets attacking Machado’s character and accusing her of appearing in a sex tape:
He later defended his scorning of Machado in the middle of the night:
Warren, a fierce Trump critic, offered her own tweetstorm in response to Trump on Friday afternoon:
Clinton also pounced on Trump’s tweets, calling them “unhinged, even for Trump.” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) pointed out a major problem with Trump’s defense of the claims:
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Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.