This morning, before most Americans woke up, Donald Trump decided that the Alicia Machado story deserved a Day 5:

This is not — repeat, not — an attempt to psychoanalyze the Republican presidential nominee. We won't begin with a discussion of Madonna-whore complexes, retrograde notions of what makes a woman worthwhile and relevant.

This is political analysis focused on a presidential campaign. And so we'll note that the contents of this particular tweetstorm are not simply petty or juvenile as has been widely said and written. This particular tweetstorm did not simply reveal Trump's ongoing access to Internet-enabled devices at an ungodly hour — or the reality that, in the final and critical weeks of his campaign, he still appears unable to control his temper, a man dominated by his id. This tweetstorm, and the arguments or efforts to discredit Machado contained by Trump's tweets, are absolutely in keeping with Trump's larger way of viewing the world and valuing different people — the ideas that inform his policy.

Trump — and in fairness, some of the many other Americans who have clearly retweeted and liked Trump's morning tirade, or written or talked about this collection without questioning the legitimacy of this line of attack at all — is in the habit of thinking of himself and people most like him as the norm, the standard, the rightful keeper of power and influence and most valued human being whose core human and constitutional rights should never, ever be challenged.

For Trump, the more unlike him a person is — be that a matter of gender or race or ethnicity or nationality or religion — the more suspect that person seems to become.

America really should be able to recognize this habit by now.

It is the same logic that makes the criminal records of people fatally shot by police officers under questionable circumstances relevant and, many times, more important than the events that lead to the end of a life. It is the logic of juries, judges and lawyers who dig up the sexual histories of rape and workplace sexual harassment victims and present them as a kind evidence that this person's rights could not have been violated or, perhaps, that they have no claim to any rights at all.

To embrace this logic — as Trump has in this tweetstorm and the entirety of the campaign season — women, people of color, all Muslims, those who are not American citizens and those who are naturalized, refugees and those who have arrived in the United States without permission must comport with a strict standard of absolute and impossible perfection. Those who fail this test are of no value or, at the very least, should sit down and shut up. White men? Well, they are three-dimensional human beings, individuals, full of terrible flaws and terrific genius. For these people, the latter does not require that they hide the former or stay out of the public sphere. It is their right to be complex human beings with opinions and influence in important matters.

This is why Mexican illegal immigrants were "rapists" and "criminals," in Trump's campaign announcement speech. This is why Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a Muslim American soldier killed in combat, were fundamentally suspect. Ghazala Khan's silence on the Democratic National Convention stage was presumed to be evidence of her disempowerment, and not an effort to maintain her composure. And this is why Trump falsely claimed that Khizr Khan was a secret American plant of a theocratic political party active in Egypt. This is why Megyn Kelly, the Fox News journalist who asked Trump a legitimate and direct question about his public treatment of women and has posed for scintillating photos, must have been on her period on debate night and should never expect to be taken seriously.

This is why employees at a Trump golf course were given work assignments — at Trump's insistence — based on their looks, according to a lawsuit the Trump organization settled. And this is why Trump responded to critical columns written by a woman by sending that writer a clipping of said column with her face circled and a note that read: "face of a dog."


Alicia Machado (Eric Draper/AP)

Here is the truth: Machado did have an intimate encounter with another candidate on a reality TV show where a group of contestants shared a house for several weeks. Some aspects of this were captured on a night-vision camera, but both individual's bodies were largely covered by bedding. The Spanish language media reported on this at the time. It is not a secret. The clips of this footage belong to the production company and are not easy to find or legally share. Machado has not appeared in pornographic films. Snopes has explained and provided detailed photo evidence of this in ways that we will not here. Finally, Machado was investigated in connection with claims that she had served as getaway driver in a murder, and a judge's public allegations that she threatened him did not prompt so much as an investigation. No charges. No convictions.

Machado is also a mother, a businesswoman, an actress and a U.S. citizen with a political opinion and personal experiences with one of the candidates that she felt it necessary to share.

It is also true that Trump has bragged about his sexual prowess in public, arranged public rendezvous with his extramarital flings, leaked details of his own sex life to New York newspapers and on Howard Stern's often off-color radio show, and given details about his personal life and sexual preferences. He also treated America to a description of the size and value of his personal area on a debate stage and began warning his current opponent that he would raise her already well-known marital difficulties.

Has anyone suggested that any of that — but in particular the behavior described above — should render him silent, a non-factor in public life, a person who can and should say nothing on any topic at all? Some of his political enemies and opponents have tried. But he is also the Republican presidential nominee. He has not been shamed into the obscurity of private life. And many Trump voters celebrate all of the above — or at the least, dismiss its importance.

Trump's latest tweetstorm is indicative of his personal and political philosophy. That much should, by now, be clear.