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Dem senator jokes about Trump's weight: 'A public daily weigh-in is called for


"Claire, please don't go here."

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During the first presidential debate Monday night, Hillary Clinton quoted first lady Michelle Obama, who at the Democratic National Convention said when Republican attacks "go low, we go high," but that mantra doesn't seem to be uniform across the whole party.

In a tweet Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) jokingly suggested Donald Trump should participate in a weigh-in every day, a jab at the Republican presidential nominee's past comments about a former Miss Universe model's weight gain.

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"The D women Senators have talked & we're concerned about Donald's weight. Campaign stress? We think a public daily weigh-in is called for," the senator wrote.

The comment is in reference to Trump's decision to double down earlier this week on criticism of Alicia Machado, the 1996 Miss Universe pageant winner whom the billionaire businessman mocked in an interview with radio host Howard Stern at the time and instructed to exercise in front of a gaggle of reporters.

"She was the worst we ever had. The worst, the absolute worst," Trump said on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" Tuesday morning. "[S]he gained a massive amount of weight and it was a real problem. We had a real problem. Not only that, her attitude. And we had a real problem with her."

Asked by Business Insider if her tweet was intended to be serious, McCaskill said "of course" she was joking. But that didn't stop some social media users from rebuking her for the post.

One person even reminded the Missouri senator of Obama's DNC mantra.

McCaskill's sarcastic tweet comes after former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, a top surrogate for the Clinton campaign, suggestedand defended — that Trump might be a "coke user" because of his frequent sniffles during the debate.

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