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Alicia Machado Responds To Donald Trump’s Sex Tape Allegations & It Deserves To Be Read

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump continues to show there is no boundary, no matter how vile or offensive, he won't pass. And his latest accusations against former Miss Universe Alicia Machado is just another drop in the bucket of his irresponsible words. On Friday morning he tweeted that Machado had a sex tape and should thus be discredited. Trump's campaign hasn't responded to Romper's request for comment, but Machado responded to Trump's sex tape allegations, and it's a statement that truly deserves attention.

Her Instagram post translated to English reads:

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Machado, born in Venezuela, has been involved in a back-and-forth of accusations with Trump – especially after the former Miss Universe, who was crowned in 1996, starred in an ad campaigning for Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

According to Machado, Trump, around the time she was crowned, would reportedly say offensive things to her about her weight calling her "Miss Piggy" or a racially-fueled remark, "Miss Housekeeping." Machado's story gained an enormous amount of traction after Clinton referenced Trump's alleged remarks saying, "Donald, she has a name."

According to a report by The New York Times, Jessica Ditto, a spokesperson for Trump, denied Machado's claims, saying they were "totally baseless." But in a video clip in the campaign ad featuring Machado, Trump can be seen and heard saying "She weighed 118 pounds or 117 pounds, and she went up to 160 or 70, so this is somebody that likes to eat."

Back in August, Machado published an Instagram post celebrating becoming an American citizen, which will allow her to vote for Clinton. "I so proud and inspiration to be a U.S. Citizen! I'll be Voting! All my power and my support become with my next President [ Hillary Clinton] Miss Housekeeping and miss Piggy Can Vote [Donald Trump]"

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Trump's latest remarks on Machado are a continuation in what has been a firestorm of news surrounding Machado after Clinton introduced her story to the debate stage. Trump called Machado "disgusting" in a tweetstorm early Friday morning, while referencing an alleged sex tape.  

Trump's camp have also referenced previous reports that Machado was once accused of driving a getaway car in Venezuela for an alleged attempted murder committed by her then-boyfriend in the late 1990s, The Times reported. A Venezuelan judge also accused Machado of threatening him – Machado did not face charges, and denied the judge's claims.

In an interview with CNN, Machado responded to the resurfaced reports, instigated by the Trump camp:

Machado's remarks about Trump's past behaviors are pretty damning – but once again, Trump responding with an inherently sexist (based on his perceived intentions to exploit her sexual activity as a means to discredit her), and valueless remark about her only further explains why he's struggling with women voters.