Trump Calls Former Miss Universe's Weight Gain 'A Real Problem'

In this Clinton campaign ad, former Miss Universe Alicia Machado spoke against Trump, who repeatedly criticized her weight gain after she won the title.


On Tuesday morning following the first presidential debate in New York state, GOP candidate Donald Trump doubled down on his body-shaming statements against women.

During the debate, Clinton said, "This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs, and dogs. And someone who has said pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers... One of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest. He loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them. He called this woman Miss Piggy. Then he called her Miss Housekeeping, because she was Latina."

Afterwards, the Clinton campaign responded to Trump’s sexism with an anti-Trump ad featuring former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, who told her story about how Trump personally affected her.

Hailing from Venezuela, Machado was the first Miss Universe to be crowned after Trump purchased the pageant. She described how being criticized about her weight by a powerful figure such as Trump gave her years of suffering, including a distorted body image and life-threatening eating disorders.

During a "Fox and Friends" interview, Trump continued to fat-shame Machado, despite being given a chance by the Fox hosts to "redeem himself" for making such horribly misogynistic comments.

The Republican candidate said over the phone to Fox, "That person was a Miss Universe person, and she was the worst we ever had, the worst, the absolute worst,” Trump said. “She was the winner and, you know, she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem.”

Banner photo credit: Twitter video screenshot, @HillaryClinton

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