Clinton tweaks Trump with her own 3 a.m. tweet storm

Technically Incorrect: After the Republican offers his dead-of-night thoughts about sex tapes, his opponent offers dark-hours musings.

Chris Matyszczyk
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Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

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A slightly different tone from Trump's.

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Eight years ago, the true test of a president was how to respond to a 3 a.m. call.

These days it's more about tweeting in the middle of the night.

In the early hours of Friday, the man who may soon be occupying Air Force One emitted a tweet storm that was Gale Force Ten.

Donald Trump regaled the world with his feelings about former Miss Universe Alicia Machado.

Sample: "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?"

Many Americans no doubt felt reassured by this evidence that their future president enjoys straightened priorities in the dead of night.

Hillary Clinton knew she had to respond. But whose sex tape could she mention? It wouldn't be a good idea to reference Hulk Hogan, would it? Peter Thiel might sue.

Instead, on Friday morning she asked, "What kind of man stays up all night to smear a woman with lies and conspiracy theories?"

And then, in the wee hours Saturday, her Twitter account offered its take on appropriate late-night topics. It posted this: "It's 3:20am. As good a time as any to tweet about national service."

Another predawn tweet followed: "There are hundreds of thousands more @AmeriCorps applications than spots. Horrible! Let's expand it from 75,000 annual members to 250,000."

And then there was: "Too many talented young people pass up on programs like @Peacecorps because of student loans. Let's use GOOD JUDGMENT & lighten that burden."

She wasn't done: "Remember, don't believe the haters who describe America as hopeless and broken. We should lift each other up, not tear each other down."

Might "haters" have been referring to anyone specifically? The Clinton and Trump campaigns didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

There was one more 3 a.m. thought: "For those few people knocking public service, hope you'll reconsider answering the call to help others. Because we're stronger together."

Of course, it's not as if the Democratic nominee was in her bed at 3 a.m., clutching her phone, composed and composing.

All of her personally written tweets are marked with an "H." These were set up by Clinton's social-media team.

Still, many may see them as a serious, socially minded riposte to Trump's more personal offerings from the dark.

As for the Republican, his account remained silent through the early hours of Saturday. Perhaps he was resting on his tweeting laurels.