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Hillary Clinton Tweets Late-Night Swipe at Donald Trump a Day After His Rant

'It's 3:20am. As good a time as any to tweet about national service,' a tweet from the Democratic nominee's account read.
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton (L) and Republican nominee Donald Trump leave the stage after the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on September 26, 2016.TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP - Getty Images

Politics makes strange bedfellows — but you wouldn't know it based on tweets sent at all hours of the night from the presidential nominees' Twitter accounts.

A tweet from Hillary Clinton's account in the wee hours of Saturday morning read: "It's 3:20am. As good a time as any to tweet about national service," and linked to a post she wrote on titled "Building on what makes America great."

The tweet, which her campaign confirmed to NBC News was posted by an East Coast staffer in real-time, was a jab at Republican rival Donald Trump's own headline-making Twitter rant that started Friday morning at 3:20 a.m.

Trump's angry online barrage was directed at Alicia Machado, the former Miss Universe who he had already been feuding with over comments he made about her weight.

By 5:30 a.m., the outburst had devolved into accusations that Machado had a sex tape; and that Clinton helped her gain U.S. citizenship for the Democratic nominee's own benefit.

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"Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen so she could use her in the debate?" Trump tweeted.

The tweets didn't go over well, particularly among feminists.

Clinton described the "meltdown" as "unhinged, even for him."

"Who gets up at 3 o'clock in the morning to engage in a Twitter attack against a former Miss Universe?" Clinton asked a rally Friday in Coral Springs, Florida. "Really, why does he do things like that?"

Trump defended the tweets.

"Why would I have regrets? I'm a very truthful person, and I'm telling the truth," he told The New York Times.