Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE went after a former Miss Universe in a string of early-morning tweets Friday, encouraging voters to “check out” an alleged “sex tape” of Alicia Machado, who has been on the offensive against the GOP presidential nominee all week.
During Trump’s first debate with Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE on Monday, she mentioned old comments he made about a Miss Universe contestant, whom he complained gained weight after she won the crown.
Machado has since given a series of interviews slamming the real estate mogul as sexist, but Trump says Clinton was “duped” into ever bringing her up.
Wow, Crooked Hillary was duped and used by my worst Miss U. Hillary flyoated her as an "angel" without checking her past, which is terrible!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016
Using Alicia M in the debate as a paragon of virtue just shows that Crooked Hillary suffers from BAD JUDGEMENT! Hillary was set up by a con.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016
Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen so she could use her in the debate?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016
Machado was photographed topless for Playboy and reportedly appeared in a risqué but not nude scene on a Spanish reality TV show, in bed with a male contestant.
Fact-checkers have rated the claim that she appeared in a sex tape as "mostly false," noting that searches for "Alicia Machado Porn Star" or similar phrases turn up actual videos on pornographic websites, but all are women who aren't her.
Trump has struggled with women throughout his campaign, a weakness Clinton, the first woman nominated by a major party, has repeatedly sought to exploit.