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Donald Trump Defended Early-Morning Tweeting at the Debate

Sunday's debate was the most-tweeted about debate ever

Donald Trump defended his active Twitter usage at Sunday’s debate, especially a recent incident where he alleged that a woman had a sex tape floating around.

“No, it wasn’t ‘check out a sex tape,’ it was just take a look at the person that she built up to be this wonderful Girl Scout, who wasn’t a Girl Scout,” Trump said in reference to a series of tweets he sent out in wee hours of the morning after the first presidential debate that called former Miss Universe Alicia Machado “disgusting” after she was referenced by Hillary Clinton.

During what turned out to be the most tweeted about debate ever, Trump refused to drop his tax records but instead offered his number of followers on his social-media accounts.

“Tweeting happens to be a modern-day form of communications, y0u can like it or not like it. Between Facebook and Twitter I have almost 25 million people,” Trump said at the second presidential debate. “I’m not unproud of it, to be honest with you.”

Trump’s following on the two platforms is around 23.4 million, as he has an extremely active online presence. The Republican nominee dominated the online conversation during the debate, good or bad, with a 64% share of Twitter chatter and 76% on Facebook.

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