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Trump responds to criticism of 3 a.m. tweet storm with Clinton jab

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WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — Donald Trump is defending his early-morning tweets attempting to shame a former Miss Universe, saying it shows he'd be awake for a 3 a.m. call.

Trump tweeted that, "For those few people knocking me for tweeting at three o'clock in the morning, at least you know I will be there, awake, to answer the call!"

A memorable Hillary Clinton ad in 2008 questioned whether then-rival Barack Obama was prepared to face emergencies. As a phone rang, the announcer said, "It's 3 a.m., and your children are safe and asleep. Who do you want answering the phone?"

Trump's latest tweet comes after the Republican presidential nominee was criticized Friday for shaming an ex-beauty pageant winner for her sexual history in a Twitter rant that lasted into the wee hours of the morning.

Trump has tried to use the ad against Clinton, accusing her of being asleep when late-night calls came in during the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi. Clinton says she was awake all night after the attacks.

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