With November fast approaching, the Trump campaign is trying its best to do away with controversies inflamed by the bombastic candidate — such as the birther movement, for instance.
However, some of Donald Trump’s most loyal advocates appear to be making matters worse for him by offering their bizarre commentary on the issues that do not seem to understand much about.
A day after former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani defended the sexist GOP nominee as a feminist and criticized rival candidate Hillary Clinton for standing by her husband after his extramarital affair, former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey Ross appeared on CNN and claimed the former secretary of state is shaming girls over their weight.
Needless to say, it backfired spectacularly.
“I’m a mother, I have three daughters and two granddaughters, and we have been through the whole gamut of the issue that Hillary Clinton is now featuring: the weight issue,” McCaughey began. “Gaining weight or, on the other hand, eating disorders. She brought it up at the debate when she mentioned Miss Machado, and of course, she is running ads that show young girls uncomfortably, painfully looking in the mirror. This to me is very disturbing.”
Her statement came after Trump doubled down on his body-shaming statements against former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, whom he called “Miss Piggy” after she had begun gaining weight, by telling Fox News “she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem.”
Moreover, the campaign ad McCaughey was speaking about actually shows girls looking into a mirror as they listen to the insults Trump has hurled toward women.
“The fact is, she’s not just running an ad with women looking in a mirror,” countered attorney Bakari Sellers. “They’re staring at a mirror with the words of Donald Trump playing over them. It’s the words that come out of his mouth. It’s the misogyny that comes out of his mouth. It’s nothing more, it’s nothing less. And if you want someone to stop making it an issue, tell Donald Trump to stop talking like that!”
It is a valid point. If someone cannot stand misogyny, should they really be supporting Donald Trump?
Watch the complete interview in the video below:
Twitter also had a lot to say about McCaughey’s wacky statement.
OFGS Betsey McCaughey on CNN is blaming HRC for the fat shaming & said her ad showing teen girls upset abt their bodies is HRC's fault. WTH?— Laura McGinnis (@TxsleuthUSA) September 29, 2016
@RawStory Betsey McCaughey is a lie peddler. How in the hell she ever got to be a lt. governor, I will never understand. Very ignorant.— Beangirl (@Celinabean723) September 29, 2016
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