this is "nightline." >> tonight -- >> did anybody see that debate last night? >> the political aftershocks after the most-watched presidential debate in history. both candidates claiming victory. >> almost every single poll had us winni >> he called this woman miss piggy -- >> the never trumpers hillary brought up -- the beauty queen, once a target of trump's slashing out. >> he wasn't even rude to me. >> the architect who says trump short-changed him. >> he basically bullied me into accepting a lot less. >> will their stories help shape the direction of this election? plus sting operation, arizona's professional scorpion hunters. >> crazy big.
hiding under shoes and inside walls. the creepy crawlers, nearly invisible, but in the right light they've got a certain glow. and the moment gigi had enough. >> [ bleep ]. >> throwing elbows at this so-called prankster with a history of celebrity attacks. but first the "nightline 5." >> incredible bladder protection in a pad this thin? i didn't think it would work but it does. it's called always discreet for bladder leaks. the super-absorbent core turns liquid to gel. i know'm else will. always discreet for bladder leaks. think your heartburn pill works fast? take the zantac-it challenge. nexium can take 24 hours. when heartburn strikes, take zantac for faster relief than nexium or your money back. take the zantac it challenge.
good evening. we're going to start with the aftershocks and plot twists following last night's epic can't look away presidential debate. tonight donald trump is alleging unfair questions from the moderator and even a busted microphone. meanwhile, hillary clinton is recruiting some unusual allies in her fight against trump, including an architect and a beauty queen. here's abc's david wright. >> madam secretary -- >> reporter: if you want to know how dat bate went, you might judge from the candidates themselves. hillary clinton pretty upbeat today at her rally in north carolina. >> did anybody see that debate last night? [ cheers and applause ] oh, yes. one down, two to go. >> reporter: in florida, trump was all smiles too.
and almost every single poll had us winning the debate against crooked hillary clinton. big-league. big-league. >> reporter: but he also claimed he pulled his punches last night. >> and i was also holding back. i didn't want to do anything to embarrass her. >> reporter: and he spent a lot of energy today complaining the moderator didn't give him a fair shake, saying this on fox news. >> and i had some hostile questions terrible. i wonder was it set up that way on purpose. >> anybody that complains about the microphone is not having a good night. >> reporter: trump got off plenty of zingers last night. >> wrong. >> that is absolutely -- >> wrong. >> -- proved over and over again. >> wrong. >> reporter: he interrupted her 40 times. >> he didn't pay any federal income tax so -- >> that makes me smart. >> reporter: trump at first made a show of calling her by her proper title. >> in all fairness to secretary
is that okay? good. >> reporter: clinton didn't bother. >> donald. donald. donald. >> reporter: constantly calling him by first name only. trump eventually did the same. >> hillary, i just ask you this -- >> reporter: today in the swing state of ohio, vote others both sides of the spectrum felt their candidate won. >> all of his interruptions and stuff were really great. because they kind of distracted from her and brought it back to him. i was really happy with how it went. >> he was acting like a little kid, like wrong! you know? wrong! like, you're not 5. >> reporter: a lot of the commentators and social media users focused on trump's facial tics and his chronic case of the sniffles. >> our country's in deep trouble. >> reporter: #trumpsniffles trended briefly during dat bate and got its own twitter account. stephen colbert jumped on the idea to in a live post-debate monologue on "the late show."
wedding. no, sniff, no, sniff, we can fix the economy, sniff, let's pie a boat, sniff. >> reporter: the trump campaign didn't respond on snifflegate. he insisted there were no sniffles and he doesn't have a cold. we followed up on another moment. >> we have an architect in the audience who designed one of your clubhouses at one of your golf courses. it's a beautiful facility. it immediately was put and you wouldn't pay what the man needed to be paid, what he was charging you -- >> maybe he didn't company do a good job and i was unsatisfied with his work, which our country should do too. >> andrew tesoro is a dedicated, enthusiastic, talented, and solid professional." >> reporter: that's architect andrew tesoro reading from the letter of dem race trump wrote for him in 2006. >> how does it feel to be at the
to be? >> certainly it's not a spot i expected to be. >> reporter: tesoro and his partners designed the new clubhouse that trump's golf course in westchester county, new york. >> he likes things which are glittery and polished, shiny things. he definitely favors bigger. >> reporter: a project that he says started as a straightforward job -- >> very elaborate and marble everything in the bathroom. >> reporter: but more complicated at the client's request. >> hillary clinton made the claim that he stiffed you. that he didn't pay you what he owed. is that true? >> well, in a manner of speaking. he short-changed us, most certainly. or he basically bullied me into accepting a lot less than we were really entitled to. >> by how much? >> over $100,000. >> reporter: after a lot of back and forth, he says they finally
the trump organization admitting no wrongdoing. >> donald trump hired my small business -- >> reporter: the debate wasn't the first time tesoro has come up in this race. earlier this summer the clinton campaign featured him in a campaign video. >> you can't run a country the way mr. trump has run his businesses. >> what is your message to people considering a vote for donald trump? >> what i would say to them is, you know, watch out. don't give him your credit card. don't give him your because frankly, i think he says what you want to hear. and it does sound good. but he can't deliver. >> reporter: clinton also hit trump with the story of this woman. >> where did you find -- >> her name is alicia machado -- >> miss venezuela. >> reporter: machado, age 19, a venezuelan contestant in the miss universe pageant, 1996, trump's first year in charge. she did well at miss universe. >> miss venezuela, you are the
>> reporter: but her reign was a troubled one. >> maybe i was not the model he has in his head. i don't know. but he was really rude with me. >> reporter: machado gamed weight and trump didn't like that. he even went on "howard stern" to talk about it. >> she gained about 55 pounds in a period of nine months. she was like an eating machine. >> reporter: trump ended up mounting a public campaign to help her lose weight. "inside edition" covered it. >> she weighed 118 pounds and she went up to 160 or 170. so this is somebody that likes to eat. >> reporter: it all put machado under serious pressure. >> that episode made a lot of damage inside of me. i had a lot of problems. like eating disorders. >> reporter: today on fox news,
had. she was the winner and, you know, she gained a massive amount of weight. it was a real problem. >> reporter: clinton's attack won't help him, particularly with latina voters and women. >> he called this woman miss piggy. then he called her miss housekeeping because she was latina. and she has become a u.s. citizen and you can bet -- >> oh, really? >> -- she's going to vote this november -- >> okay, good. >> clinton brought all of this up at the very independent of the debate, about three minutes left on the clock. >> hillary clinton was ready to bring up her name, tell her story. the campaign quickly pushed out a video. she even did magazine spreads. all in preparation for this moment. >> reporter: the clintons are masters at the dark arts of opposition research. and while this may have been an effective attack, it risks circling back on the attacker
usual, straight out of the textbook. >> typical politic. all talk, no action. sounds good, doesn't work. >> i suspect in the next debate that donald trump will be more prepared. in the next debate, hillary clinton has got to be prepared for brutal attacks. >> reporter: clinton herself said today, one down, two to go. this was only round one. i'm david wright for "nightline" in new york. next, the people taking extermination to a whole new level. they hunt scorpions. in some parts of america these venomous beasts are overrunning people's homes. >> gigi hadid speaks to lena dunham about what she did when a prankster grabbed her on the street. did she overreact?
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if you've got termites or roaches, you know who to call. generally the exterminator. what if your house is swarming with scorpions? i'm not talking about the german rock band that did "rock you like a hurricane. buggers are a big problem and also a big business. here's abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: they look like demonic aliens. venomous stingers glowing under blacklight. and they're prowling for prey. >> oh my gosh. there's a scorpion. get back! >> reporter: scorpions. not in the desert, but in people's houses. >> ouch. >> ouch? >> yeah. don't touch it.
12,000 stings are reported every year. spawning businesses like this scorpion sweeper. to offer homeowners peace of mind. suited up like ghostbusters this team hunts the creatures that haunt arizona homeowners. >> they lift their tail, they aim it at you, and they do this little charge. they are the creepiest, most menacing bugs. >> four sweeps tonight -- >> reporter: ben holland started this company a decade ago when he graduated from college. >> we are technically exterminators but we do it dust or granules. >> reporter: scorpions are virtually invisible at night. unless you look at them under blacklight. >> these are our lights. >> reporter: the sweepers swarm late at night to protect the homefront, one stinger at a time. >> this right here is a perfect example of a habitat for scorpions. it's a crack within the wall there. that's the best spot they love. they love those. >> reporter: tonight ben is with toby riley at a home where they once caught 96 scorpions. that's right, 96.
the edge. >> reporter: it ain't cheap. $200 for the first visit, then weekly sweeps, each one at least $150. >> we run into a lot of different creatures. we'll see snakes, havalina, coyotes, scorpions, black widow spiders, brown recluses, dangerous stuff people want to stay away from. >> reporter: every time they see that creepy glow under the uv light, they get to grabbing. from a wall -- >> playing dead. >> r >> nice. >> reporter: even in the grass. >> you've got to be quick. when you go after them, you can't think, just grab them. they can feel you coming at them. >> reporter: while their clients sleep, no shoe or toy goes unturned. >> lifted that car with one hand. >> reporter: at just two homes they catch 35 of the most venomous scorpions in the united states. >> homeowners get freaked out. a lot of people have newborns. anybody's going to be concerned when they have a baby.
scorpion is most dire to newborns, infants, people with immune division cies. >> reporter: while some people pay to get rid of tease these pests, amateur scorpion hunters like richard airy are getting up close for a different reason. >> this is the first scorpion i ever described. >> reporter: hoping to discover new species. he's already helped discover 12. how many of these live scorpions do you have in the house? >> more than one. >> reporter: he says it $5,000 of his own money to find and analyze his discoveries. >> what's amazing is there are plenty of things to be discovered right here in america. this whole view right here -- >> reporter: most of richard's discoveries, like this, were found right here in arizona. you have to know where to look. this skeptical volunteer we met at a camp site has been here all summer. how many scorpions have you seen? >> i haven't seen a single one. >> not a single one? >> not a single one.
cattle, that's it. >> reporter: airy is convinced they're here. as the sun sets over our campfire, it's time for s'mores and to get serious. >> before we get into this tonight, let me ask you a question. >> yes, sir. >> how many times have you been stung? >> never. >> reporter: it's hard not to consider the grave consequences to yours truly as we set out into the night. >> come out come out wherever you are. >> reporter: these eight-legged nightmare edge. >> whoa. [ bleep ]. >> reporter: a bit of arack know phobia. >> whew, biggest scare of the night. >> reporter: soon a sighting. >> keep that on him. >> got him. >> reporter: then it's my turn. the scorpions are tiny. richard reminds me they pack a powerful sting. >> we've got another scorpion in the rock. and with rich's super vision i'm going to try and use the
here we go. wish me luck. >> i'm praying for you. >> is there antivenom? first aid kit? by the tail, right? >> my gosh, there it is. good job. >> reporter: it will take time to compare these scorpions to others. >> we got another one here. >> we sure do. >> reporter: richard believes the species we found is unknown to science. >> how'd we do? >> perfect. i was predicting finding 12 of them on the way up. and we have nine of them in the jar. >> if this is confirmed as a new species, might i suggest the name nightlinus claytonius? >> reporter: in the end richard says the threat of stings, which are seldom fatal, is worth the reward of discovering something new. >> every time i see one glow like that it makes my day, i love it. when i get done with these, i'm going to get to write another paper.
be a different species. and i get to name it. >> reporter: for "nightline," i'm clayton sandell in cottonwood, arizona. next, after supermodel gigi hadid defends herself against a prankster who tried to lift her up in the air during fashion week, she's defending herself in the court of public opinion. ? ? ? one smart choice leads to the next. ? the new 2017 ford fusion is here. it's the beauty of a well-made choice. ? it's endless shrimp at red lobster.
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one, two, three. you're watching "nightline." winner of three emmy awards for slips. good choice. finally, the new wrinkle in the case of the supermodel and the prankster whose fashion week gambit went pretty badly awry. it was an attack on high fashion on the streets of milan. supermodel gigi hadid aggressively grabbed and picked up in the air by a stranger. >> [ bleep ] you! >> hadid threw a sharp elbow to escape but some of the press took jabs at her claiming her actions were not model behavior.
boxing workouts on instagram -- hit back. quickly taking to twitter to defend her actions. "i had every right to defend myself, how dare that idiot think he has the right to manhandle a complete stranger?" this week stars such at anna kendrick and lena dunham coming to her defense. dunham praising hadid's action. in an instant she made it clear who was taking control and who needed to be controlled. hadid had become the latest in a string of celebrities to be harassed by self-described prankster vitale sedyuk, who grabbed america ferrera in 2014, kissed will smith in 2012. >> what the hell is your problem? >> latched on to bradley cooper on the red carpet in 2014. >> let go! >> looks like he picked a fight with the wrong model. thank you for watching abc news tonight. join us for "gma" first thing in the morning.