Hillary Clinton on Friday needled Donald Trump for his apparent obsession with Alicia Machado, saying it was easier for Trump to insult the former Miss Universe than to demand payment for his border wall from the Mexican president.
Speaking to a crowd in Coral Springs, Florida, Clinton said Trump “finds it a lot easier to insult women than to talk to the president of Mexico about building a wall. I mean, really? Who gets up at 3:00 in the morning to engage in a Twitter attack against a former Miss Universe?”
“I mean, he hurdled as many insults as he could,” she added, “Really? Why does he do things like that?”
Clinton also taunted Trump on his “only infrastructure plan”: demanding that Mexico pay for a wall along its border with the United States.
“My opponent’s only infrastructure plan is to build a wall! I loved that he went down to Mexico and he choked,” Clinton said. “He didn’t even raise it. He’s been going around telling people for months we’re going to build a wall, make Mexico pay for it, so he’s sitting with the president of Mexico and he doesn’t even bring it up.”
On Friday, Trump began tweeting about Machado — who he previously criticized Tuesday morning for “gain[ing] a massive amount of weight” after winning the pageant — early in the morning, saying she had a “terrible” history and encouraging readers to “check out sex tape and past.” Machado does not appear to have been featured in any porn films, despite reports pushed by conservative news sites.
Clinton’s campaign tore into Trump’s habit on Friday, tweeting that his obsession with Machado was “unhinged, even for Trump.”
And Machado herself responded to Trump in two posts on Instagram, one each in English and Spanish, calling Trump on his insistence “on discrediting and demoralizing a woman, which is definitely one of his more frightening characteristics.”
This post has been updated.