Trump, the Russians and Alicia Machado

You probably remember it as one of the most frustrating moments of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Hillary Clinton, understanding that her opponent was, shall we say, easily distracted, trotted out a woman named Alicia Machado to tell the world about how Trump had said nasty things about her weight when she was Miss Universe. This was supposed to cement Trump’s reputation as a misogynist and all around male chauvinist P-I-G, thus rallying the female vote to Hillary’s side. It was also a pretty good way of putting him on the defensive, getting him to talk about what was essentially a non-issue while Hillary skated on her own ethical problems with the Clinton Foundation and the criminal investigation into her use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State.