Trump took Clinton’s bait for another woman-bashing feud and won’t let up on a former Miss Universe

At the first presidential debate Monday night, Hillary Clinton bashed her opponent for his blatant sexism, bringing up an incident from years ago when he insulted a former Miss Universe for gaining weight after the pageant. “And one of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest — he loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them — and he called this woman ‘Miss Piggy,’ then he called her ‘Miss Housekeeping’ because she was Latina,” Clinton explained. Never one to walk away from a potential, unwarranted feud, Donald Trump has been attacking Alicia Machado, said Miss Universe, ever since.

At the debate, Clinton said Machado recently became a U.S. citizen and would be voting Nov. 8, and the Venezuelan native has been even campaigning for Team Clinton. Not expecting this to come up, Trump asked, “Where did you find this?”

Despite his temporary amnesia regarding Machado, Trump seemed to remember her after the debate, launching an unnecessary battle with the telenovela actress. Tuesday, he said on Fox & Friends, “She was the winner and you know, she gained a massive amount of weight and it was a real problem. We had a real problem,” adding that Machado was “the worst we ever had. The worst. The absolute worst. She was impossible.”

In true Trump fashion, he then went on a 5 a.m. Twitter rant about the former beauty queen Friday, again calling her the “worst Miss U” and asking: “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?”

There’s no evidence to back up the claim Machado made a sex tape, though Trump could be referring to a scene from a reality show she appeared on in which she’s in bed with a man. Even if there were a sex tape, there’s certainly no need for a presidential candidate to tweet about it, especially at odd hours.

Clinton knew this little nugget of Trump’s past would perfectly illustrate how he treats women, and probably even predicted he would do exactly what he’s doing now — making the situation worse for himself. Just like his prolonged, one-sided feud with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, Trump’s attacks on Machado are undeniably sexist and totally unwarranted. He continues to prove he doesn’t know how to act like a civilized adult and, above all, wants to entertain, not lead.