NBC reporter explains the trap Hillary Clinton set for Trump on Alicia Machado

Posted at 2:46 pm on September 29, 2016 by Greg P.

Donald Trump is not backing down after Hillary Clinton supporter and former Miss USA Alicia Machado accused the GOP nominee of making fun of her weight. NBC News obtained these alleged talking points from the Trump campaign on how surrogates should respond to the attacks. Such as:

Full memo here, including question to the press on why they’re not bringing up Monica Lewinsky, Gennifer Flowers or Juanita Broaddrick:

But is it a smart movie for Trump to go on the attack? Maybe not. Here’s NBC News reporter Benjy Sarlin with a pretty good explanation of the trap Hillary Clinton set for Trump by bringing up Machado at the debate, and Trump took the bait.

Sarlin went on to say that the way the MSM covers these stories depends on the reaction of the candidate:

With Patricia Smith, Hillary Clinton knew she looked bad and didn’t say anything. And when Clinton didn’t respond, reporters moved on:

Trump, however, didn’t and is escalating things with Machado:

Sarlin ended with an admission that he doesn’t know if it’s fair or not, but it’s the way things work right now:

With that said, this video that we posted about yesterday of Machado and Trump interacting at a press event as she started an exercise program to lose weight paints a different picture than the one Clinton wants voters to see now:

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