Watch | Clinton on Trump: "Who gets up at 3am to engage in a Twitter attack against a former Miss Universe?"
Donald Trump's 5 a.m. Twitter tirade against former Miss Universe Alicia Machado proves he's "unhinged" and "temperamentally unfit" to be president, Hillary Clinton said during a campaign stop on Friday.
In a spirited speech in Coral Gables, Florida, Clinton blasted Trump for his early morning rant, in which he called Machado "disgusting" and claimed she had a "sex tape," which appears to be non-existent.
It proves yet again that he is temperamentally unfit to be president and commander in chief.
"I mean, really," she said. "Who gets up at three o'clock in the morning to engage in a Twitter attack against a former Miss Universe?"
"His latest Twitter meltdown was unhinged, even for him."
Why is Trump tweeting about Machado?
The controversy surrounding Machado began at Tuesday night's presidential debate. Toward the end of the night, Clinton called out Trump for deeming Machado "Miss Piggy" when she gained weight after receiving the crown in 1996. Clinton then pointed out that Machado had become an American citizen, and planned to vote against Trump.
Since then, Trump has been on the attack against Machado -- culminating in Friday morning's Twitter rant.
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
Here's one of Trump's Friday morning tweets.
Playing into Clinton's hands?
After Trump's rant, many noted that Trump was doing exactly what Clinton likely wanted him to do.
After all, the Democratic nominee has long argued that Trump lacks the temperament to be president. She has repeatedly said that "a man who can be provoked by a tweet should not have his hands anywhere near the nuclear codes."
Indeed, Clinton aides reportedly told MSNBC's Alex Seitz-Wald that they "can hardly believe how well their plan worked."
[Trump] is basically making our case for us.
"Our core argument about Donald Trump is that he is temperamentally unfit to be President," Clinton's press secretary Brian Fallon told Seitz-Wald.
"With his constant outbursts and generally unhinged behavior, he is basically making our case for us."
For those few people knocking me for tweeting at three o'clock in the morning, at least you know I will be there, awake, to answer the call!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016
Trump, however, had a different interpretation of his Twitter rant.