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Trump Again Attacks Miss Universe Contestant

Alicia Machado campaigns for Hillary Clinton on Aug. 20, in Miami, Fla.

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Alicia Machado campaigns for Hillary Clinton on Aug. 20, in Miami, Fla.

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In Post-Debate Interview, Trump Again Criticizes Pageant-Winner's Weight

Republican presidential carefree Donald Trump renewed his attacks on a former Miss Universe competitor Friday, oblivious of a probable fallout with women and Latino voters.

In a array of early-morning tweets, Trump criticized Alicia Machado as “my misfortune Miss U.,” and described her as “disgusting.”

Machado, who is now a telenovela actress, detonate into domestic headlines during Monday’s presidential debate, when Hillary Clinton described a approach Trump had criticized a beauty competitor years ago for gaining weight after a pageant.

“He called this lady Miss Piggy. Then he called her Miss Housekeeping since she was Latina,” Clinton said. “She has turn a U.S. citizen and we can gamble she’s going to opinion this November.”

The discuss competence have had a brief shelf-life, had Trump not regenerated it with daily attacks on Machado. In his latest tweetstorm, he references a existence TV uncover in that she appears to have sex (link contains adult themes), and questions her naturalization.

“Did Crooked Hillary assistance outrageous (check out sex fasten and past) Alicia M turn a U.S. citizen so she could use her in a debate?” Trump asks.

The occurrence could be dear for Trump with women and Latino voters. Democratic strategist Maria Cardona records Machado is a renouned figure in a Latino community:

“She’s a telenovela star. Hearing a story about how she was bullied and fat-shamed by her unequivocally absolute trainer in a unequivocally open approach is going to, we think, supplement to that annoy and that disappointment that a Latino village already feels opposite Donald Trump.”

Democratic pollster Celinda Lake agrees, revelation NPR’s Mara Liasson that “if he doesn’t honour Miss Universe and calls Miss Universe ‘Piggy,’ what’s he unequivocally meditative about you?”

Trump’s insistence on fluctuating a argument is suggestive of his scuffle with Khizr and Ghazala Kahn, a Gold Star relatives whose Army Captain son was killed in Iraq. Khizr Kahn’s romantic debate during a Democratic National Convention was given additional mileage when Trump pounded a family, and a candidate’s check numbers suffered.

Machado’s story is not as blemish-free as a Kahns’. She was indicted of being an confederate to attempted murder in her local Venezuela in 1997, and a decider in that box pronounced she done threats opposite this life. The rapist charges were forsaken in 1998.

Machado insists her story is beside a point.

“I have my past, of march everybody has a past,” she told CNN. “And I’m no saint girl.”

“Hell knows no ire like a Latina who’s been called fat,” pronounced Republican domestic commentator Ana Navarro.