Trump never backs down from a fight. That’s the key to beating him

Axelrod on former Miss Universe dustup: Trump took the bait – Louis Nelson, Politico

When you’re going up against someone who never backs down from a fight, you get to pick the time and place of the conflict. That’s a big advantage for Clinton.

Trump is going after Alicia Machado now. That’s helps Clinton for all kinds of reasons, one of them being that Machado isn’t Trump’s opponent — Clinton is.

Trump is sending a message to women, and it’s the wrong one. Trump is sending the message that Machado is a bad girl, and bad girls deserve to be called fat pigs. And Trump gets to decide who’s a good girl and a bad girl.

Trump’s campaign has decided the most important thing it can be doing a month before the Presidential election is go after a model because she said mean things about him. That’s the kind of priority-setting he will use as President.

Fat-shaming is a really bad idea for anybody looking to win friends in America. Consider the number of Americans who are overweight, worry they’re overweight even if they’re not, were once overweight, or love someone who’s overweight. That’s pretty much the entire country.

Beauty queen with teeth

Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado Won’t Be Defined by Donald Trump’s Fat-Shaming – Prachi Gupta, Cosmopolitan

It only hurts Trump more that she’s a gorgeous plus-size beauty today. And that she LITERALLY WRAPS HERSELF IN THE AMERICAN FLAG.

Last night I said I didn’t think the debate would produce a defining campaign moment, something like Romney’s 47% remark or Kerry’s “against it before I was for it.”

I think this might be that defining event.

“Where did you find this?”

How Clinton and Trump Made Alicia Machado the New Khizr Khan – Jonathan Chait, New York

Rather than denying the accusation, as he’d been doing all night, Trump repeated three times, “Where did you find this?”

“I have seen villains in Disney movies presented with damning evidence react this way, but I have never seen an actual human being do it, until now,” says Chait.