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Is The Alicia Machado “Sex Tape” Real? Not Exactly, But It Doesn't Matter Anyway

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Donald Trump's history of misogyny and insulting women is nothing new, of course, but his insistence on continuing his feud with former Miss Universe Alicia Machado is nothing short of mind-boggling. Early this morning — and with just 38 days until the presidential election — Trump issued a series of tweets in which he assailed Machado as his "worst Miss U" and urged his nearly 12 million followers to check out her "sex tape and past." Is the Alicia Machado "sex tape" real? Not exactly, according to Snopes. The claim reportedly originated from Machado's 2005 appearance on the Spanish reality show La Granja, during which Machado was allegedly filmed having sex with another member of the cast. However, there's no proof that was real, writes Dan Evon:

While neither the Trump campaign nor Machado's publicist have responded to Romper's request for comment, Machado responded to Trump's allegations in an Instagram post.

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Translated to English, her Instagram post reads in part:

Machado, who recently became a U.S. citizen to vote against Trump in November, has been campaigning for Hillary Clinton and was mentioned by the Democratic candidate during the final minutes of Monday's presidential debate:

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In this Combination of pictures taken on September 26, 2016, Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton face off during the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. / AFP / Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Whether Machado has a sex tape doesn't really matter — she's a grown woman who can do what she wants. What's important is that Trump, the Republican candidate for president, would rather spend time bickering and having outbursts on Twitter than, say, continuing to explain his policy positions to the American people or demonstrating why he deserves your vote come November. In addition, I'd be remiss if I didn't point out Trump's laughable hypocrisy over Machado's purported sex tape, given his wife's history of partaking in nude photo shoots during her modeling days.

Do I fault Mrs. Trump for making a living and showing off what is inarguably a beautiful body? Absolutely not. But wannabe politicians living in glass houses shouldn't throw stones — on Twitter or elsewhere.