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Trump only made things worse when he went did a call in interview with Fox News the next morning and inexplicably brought up Machado saying she had “gained a massive amount of weight and it was a real problem.” and called her "the worst". In addition to that the Clinton campaign released an ad about Trump's abuse of his former employee that same morning.
With that the Trump campaign knew they were in trouble and the cavalry rushed in to haul his ass out of the fire.
This is when conservative media figures immediately went into damage control and began the campaign of humiliation against the former beauty pageant contestant by accusing her of being, among other things, a “porn star”.
After the debate debacle, the clueless call in and the release of the campaign ad a conservative website named "The Dailly Caller", which is owned by Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson, ran an article headlined, “Porn Star Campaigns For Hillary Clinton”. The website falsely reported that “Snippets of an adult film starring Machado are available on multiple free porn websites”.
While it turned out that the adult film being referenced was a pornographic parody of Donald Trump's show "The Apprentice" entitled "Apprentass" (Yes, really!) and that the former Miss Universe Alicia Machado never appeared in the film the Dailly Caller's headline remains the same. The only difference was that now it read that she “is in a sextape” that was released in 2005 and still baselessly claims that Machado made an “appearance in porn” and that she had a “background in pornography.”
Regardless, the apparently unsubstantiated claim that Machado appeared in adult films rocketed through Trump’s supporters in the right-wing media.
Rush Limbaugh opened his September 28 radio show by describing Machado as the “porn star Miss Piggy.” and ran a headline reading "Desperate Hillary Makes Porn Star the Centerpiece of Her Campaign".
Next in line to take a shot at Machado was Fox News’ Sean Hannity who claimed on his radio show “that she may have starred in an adult film, and available apparently on multiple free porn websites according to the Daily Caller.”. He also said that Machado is “in all these porn videos” during an interview with Eric Trump.
Then of course InfoWars' Alex Jones chummed up the water with a piece titled "HILLARY’S NEW ANTI-TRUMP POSTER CHILD IS A PORN STAR"... in all caps because of course.
Other right wing sites that peddled the lie include The Gateway Pundit' with the headline: "Hillary Touts Ex-Miss Universe at Debate… Who Later Became Porn Actress", Chritian Forums with "Desperate Hillary Makes Porn Star the Centerpiece of Her Campaign", and CNN’s Jeffrey Lord who wrote a piece in American Spectator headlined “Hillary’s Bad Judgement: Exploits Porn Star Surrogate” complete with a picture of The muppet Miss Piggy.
Last and very least Donald Trump last night, not wanting to miss out on all the fun, took a cheap shot at Machado on The O'reilly Factor. All that was needed by the candidate, who's little hands had remained clean of the smear campaign, was some unsubtle innuendo...
"Some reports just came out 20 minutes ago about her. And you know, I mean, if that turns out to be true. A lot of the things that are turning out to be, perhaps, true, I think it's going to make Hillary look extremely bad. But, again, I helped somebody and this is what you get for helping somebody. But I just don't know her."
This effort to shame Machado into silence would be despicable even if it were true because it is unclear why Trump’s behavior would be mitigated by Machado performing in adult films.
Finally let's look at what a perfect example this is of how the right wing operates. This whole smear campaign was in house. The "story" is floated by a website run by a Fox News employee which is then picked up by right wing radio which is then written about on conservative news sites and finally lands in the lap of the person for whom the lie was started. At the end of the day it no longer matters whether the story is true or false because, as the saying goes, you can't unring a bell.
What a nauseatingly incestuous and grotesquely efficient operation.
* UPDATE: 9/30/16...
Trump has finally dismissed all innuendo and told his Twitter followers to “check out [her] sex tape” and then alleges that Clinton helped her get U.S. citizenship in exchange for the campaign ad to boot...
All class Donny!