WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton gamely took advantage of the media attention given to Donald Trump's early morning Friday tweet attacking former Miss Universe Alicia Machado with her own early morning tweet Saturday on her plan to increase national service.
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It's 3:20am. As good a time as any to tweet about national service. https://t.co/6hRCC16UiV— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 1, 2016
Clinton's 3:20 a.m. tweet links to an essay on her plan to expand the ranks of AmeriCorps from 75,000 to 250,000, increase the size of the Peace Corps and create a new National Service Reserve with 5 million members who would be available to mobilize in the event of a natural disaster or some other large calamity.
"My opponent and I have very different views — not just about what makes America great and what we should do to make it even greater, but also about that basic question of how progress happens at all. He believes in a strongman approach. He even stood on stage at his convention and said, 'I alone can fix it.'”
Trump, of course, used the wee hours of Friday morning to first urge his followers at 3:20 to not believe any unnamed sources speaking on behalf of his campaign:
Anytime you see a story about me or my campaign saying "sources said," DO NOT believe it. There are no sources, they are just made up lies!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016
Trump also tweeted at 5:14 a.m. that Clinton was "duped'' by the former Ms. Universe "without checking her past."
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016
In a third tweet at 5:19 a.m. Trump said Clinton suffers from "bad judgment" (using the British spelling of the American word "judgment").
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
At 5:30 a.m. Trump followed up by urging his followers to check out a "sex tape'' of Machado, but without providing any evidence that one exists.
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