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Hillary Clinton savors post-debate moment as Trump keeps beauty-queen feud alive

Hillary Clinton during a campaign rally at the Coral Springs Gymnasium in Coral Springs on Friday.

Doug Mills/The New York Times

Hillary Clinton during a campaign rally at the Coral Springs Gymnasium in Coral Springs on Friday.

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Hillary Clinton stumped in Broward County for the first time in nearly a year Friday, as Florida polls showed her barely edging Donald Trump and as fearful Democrats openly worried about the status of her campaign, particularly when it comes to reaching black voters.

But Clinton appeared to still be savoring her successful debate performance against Trump.

“Did any of you see the debate Monday night?” she said soon after taking the stage at the packed Coral Springs Gymnasium.

There was a strategic reason for bringing it up: On Monday, Clinton mentioned Alicia Machado, the Venezuelan-born former beauty queen Trump once called “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping.”

On Friday morning, it was still bothering Trump. He went on an early-morning Twitter rant beginning at 3:20 a.m. and, between 5:14 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. posted about the 1996 Miss Universe’s weight gain and debunked “sex tape.”

Clinton was only happy to keep talking about Machado, who lives at least part-time in Miami Beach and has campaigned for Clinton in Doral and Miami.

“Really, who gets up at 3 o’clock in the morning to engage in a Twitter attack against a former Miss Universe?” Clinton asked. “I mean, he hurled as many insults as he could. Really, why does he do things like that?”

“I mean, his latest Twitter meltdown is unhinged, even for him,” she continued, adding that it “proves yet again that he is temperamentally unfit to be president and commander-in-chief.”

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[Last modified: Friday, September 30, 2016 7:07pm]

    

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