Trump Escalates Feud With Ex-Miss Universe Winner

September 30, 2016 Updated: September 30, 2016

After months of maintaining a more subdued presidential campaign, Donald Trump took a page out of his primaries campaign when he personally attacked former Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado in a late-night series of tweets. 

“Wow, Crooked Hillary was duped and used by my worst Miss U. Hillary floated her as an “angel” without checking her past, which is terrible!” Trump tweeted at 2:14 AM EST on Sept. 30.

The Republican presidential candidate continued to attack them both a few minutes later, saying that Clinton was “set up by a con,” pointing to Machado’s past.

“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?” he tweeted at 2:30 AM. 

Machado responded on her Twitter account in Spanish, saying that Trump was “generating attacks, insults and trying to revive defamations and false accusations about my life” and that he “insists on discrediting and demoralizing a woman.”

“When I was a young woman, the now candidate, humiliated me, he insulted me, he publicly disrespected me, as he usually did privately in the cruelest way,” she continued.

“As this happened to me, it is clear through the years, that his actions and behaviors have been repeated with other women for decades.”

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton brought up the ex-Miss Universe winner at Monday’s first presidential debate when she claimed Trump called her “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping.”

Following that debate, an ad was released by the Clinton campaign with Machado recounting her experience with Trump.

When asked about her, he defended his treatment of her, saying in an interview with “Fox & Friends” that Machado “gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem,” and told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly.

“I saved her job, because I said [firing her was] going to be ruinous and I’ve done that with a number of the young ladies, where I save their job,” Trump said.

Trump’s campaign has also gone on the offensive with more personal attacks, sending out talking points to surrogates suggesting that they attack Bill Clinton on his past infidelities and scandals—particularly Monica Lewinsky and subsequent impeachment—according to a report by Politico.

“Mr. Trump has never treated women the way Hillary Clinton and her husband did when they worked to destroy Bill Clinton’s accusers,” read one of the talking points. 

Both Republicans and the Clinton campaign have been warning that if Trump attacks Bill Clinton the move would blow up in Trump’s face. Despite the warning, Trump referenced the scandals at a rally in Bedford, New Hampshire on Thursday.

“The American people have had it with years and decades of Clinton corruption and scandal. Corruption and scandal,” Trump said. “An impeachment for lying. An impeachment for lying. Remember that?”

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are scheduled to debate next on Sunday, Oct. 9, at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.