Alicia Machado Miss Universe 1996 is brought up by Hillary Clinton in a blow to Donald Trump’s credibility regarding his stance towards women and minorities.
Reminding voters that Donald Trump bears questionable attitudes towards women (slang for misogynist), and minorities, Hillary Clinton last night during the presidential debate brought up former 1996 Miss Universe Alicia Machado, an actress and television personality from Venezuela.
It was towards the end of Monday night’s debate when Hillary Clinton took umbrage with Trump for having previously called the former beauty contestant, “Miss Piggy” and a “Miss Housekeeper” because she is Hispanic.
Donald Trump called her “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping.”
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 27, 2016
The comments come despite Alicia Machado having won the Miss Universe pageant, a beauty pageant that Donald Trump once owned and judged. That said things would soon deteriorate as Trump is alleged to have terrorized the woman, body shaming her and purportedly failing to pay her a contractual fee of 10% for advertising work and campaign work that followed in the year Machado won the Miss Universe title in 1996.
In an interview with Inside Edition in May, Machado claimed Trump publicly called her an ‘eating machine’ on ‘The Howard Stern Show.’ Machado claims he said she needed to lose weight and even brought her to a gym with a media crew in tow. Indeed.
Machado recently became a citizen and has been campaigning for Hillary Clinton.
In an interview with Fox News early Tuesday, Trump doubled down (are you surprised?) going after Machado, referring to her as ‘the worst we ever had — the worst, the absolute worst.’
‘She gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem,’ Trump said, adding that the Clinton campaign ‘found the girl and talked about her like she was Mother Theresa.’
A year after winning the 1996 Miss Universe title, Machado who was 19 at the time gained nearly 60 pounds, going from 118 pounds to 178 pounds according to a CNN report at the time. A state of affairs that deeply rankled Trump at the time and one assumes still rankles him.
It also bears worth noting that Alicia Machado recently became a U.S. citizen and now plans to vote for Hillary Clinton in November. Can you guess why?
— Alicia Machado (@machadooficial) September 27, 2016
When HRC was saying “She has a name. Her name is Alicia Machado,” was Trump saying: “Where did you find her?”
— Dr. Seema Yasmin (@DoctorYasmin) September 27, 2016
— MA Indpendent Women (@MAIndependentWm) September 17, 2016