Alicia Machado responds to Donald Trump’s 3am tweetstorm

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‘These attacks are cheap lies with bad intentions.’

After Donald Trump’s late night tweetstorm against Hillary Clinton’s use of Alicia Machado in her campaign, the former Miss Universe and Democratic nominee have responded. 

Machado responded via Instagram, with a picture of herself wrapped in an American flag. In her post, she talks about Trump generating attacks and insults in order to bring up false accusations about her life. 

“Through his hate-filled campaign, the Republican candidate insists on discrediting and demoralizing a woman, which is definitely one of his most frightening characteristics,” Machado writes in Spanish. 

“The Republican candidate and his campaign are, once again launching attacks, insults and are attempting to revive slanders and false accusations about my life, in order to humiliate, intimidate, and unbalance me. These attacks are cheap lies with bad intentions. This, of course, is not the first time the candidate insists on discrediting someone or insists on demoralizing women, minorities, and people of certain religions through his hateful campaign. This is definitely one of his most frightful characteristics. Through his attacks, he’s attempting to distract from his campaign’s real problems and his inability to be the leader of this great country. When I was young, the now candidate, humiliated me, insulted me, disrespected me both publicly and privately in the cruelest way. The same way this happened to me, it’s clear that throughout the years, he’s continued his actions and behavior with other women. Therefore, I will continue to stand on my feet, sharing my story and my absolute support for Secretary Clinton, on behalf of all women — my sisters, aunts, grandmothers, cousins, women within the community. I want to thank all of my Latinas and those who have supported me and given me love and respect for my career, and as a human being. I became a United States citizen because my daughter was born here and because I wanted to exercise my rights, among them, I wanted to vote. I will continue standing firm in my lived experience as Miss Universe and even stronger with your support. I’ve been so pleased and honored by so many kind and heartfelt words. I’m focusing on my career and my work as a mother, and I will continue taking positive steps for the Latino community. I will continue being an activist for women’s rights and fighting for the respect we deserve. I appreciate all your love and thank you again for your support.” Many blessings, ALICIA MACHADO 🙏🏻💋

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She goes on to talk about Trump humiliating and insulting her both publicly and privately in the cruelest ways when she was the reigning Miss Universe. 

Machado claims that Trump is using her to direct attention away from “his real problems and incapacity to lead this great nation.”

She vows to continue sharing her story while fully supporting Clinton “in the name of women, [her] sisters, aunts, grandmothers, cousins, friends, and the feminine community.” 

Clinton also turned to Twitter to respond to Trump’s early-morning tweets claiming “a man who can be provoked by a tweet should not be anywhere near the nuclear codes.”

The remarks came during a Florida rally in which Clinton also discussed volunteerism, including the AmeriCorps program, which she vowed to expand. The former Secretary of State got another dig in on Trump during the appearance.

As for the Donald, he’s already begun defending his tweeting habits but has yet to address the content of his 3am missives.

April Siese

April Siese

A former Weekend Editor at the Daily Dot, April Siese's reporting covers everything from technology and politics to web culture and humor. Her work has been published by Bustle, Uproxx, Death and Taxes, Rolling Stone, the Daily Beast, Thrillist, Atlas Obscura, and others. Siese joined Quartz in December 2016.