A former Miss Universe has come forward to confirm claims of Donald Trump’s cavalier attitude towards women. Whether or not this will hurt his chances after securing the GOP presidential nomination is another story.
Venezuelan beauty Alicia Machado sat down with Inside Edition recently to make her feelings known about the possibility of Donald Trump being the president of the United States.
The 39-year-old single mom alleged that Donald Trump called her “Miss Piggy,” after The Muppets character when she gained some weight.
— People Magazine (@people) May 20, 2016
“For sure he is not a nice person. He is a bully. He can’t be a president,” she said.
According to Inside Edition, the fat-shaming by Donald Trump on the former Miss Universe was relentless. First was when he guested on Howard Stern’s radio show where he said of Alicia Machado, “She weighed 118 pounds or 117 pounds, and she went to 160 or 170. So this is somebody that likes to eat.”
She conceded that she did gain some weight—only closer to 15 pounds instead of 40 lbs as claimed by the GOP nominee—and agreed to go to the gym. Donald Trump agreed to bring in to workout with the promise that the media wasn’t going to be there.
“I asked them to bring me a doctor to help me – to have a special diet and get exercise, and they said yes,” she recounted.
“They took me to New York, installed me in a hotel. The next day, they took me to the gym, and I’m exposed to 90 media outlets. Donald Trump was there. I had no idea that would happen.”
Former Miss Universe Speaks Up on Donald Trump
She claimed to have begged the real estate mogul into canceling the whole PR stunt because she was really embarrassed, to which Trump replied, “I don’t care.”
The former Miss Universe claimed that the verbal abuse and that public shaming caused her to develop an eating disorder and depression that lasted for five years. She claims, however, that she was able to recover with the help of therapy.
This wasn’t the first time that Alicia Machado called out Donald Trump for his insults. Last year, she posted on Instagram a lengthy statement which claimed that he “whispered” the insults right in her ear so nobody else would hear.
Donald Trump has found himself in a lot of awkward positions during the campaign for his myopic views on women that are seen by most as misogynistic. But they didn’t seem to hurt his chances as he still handily secured the GOP nomination on a campaign riddled with hate, abuse, and taunts against his rivals, the opposite sex, homosexuals, and immigrants.
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) May 14, 2016
In a recent piece, the New York Times claimed that the public shouldn’t be surprised about Donald Trump’s behavior as the billionaire has had a pattern of insulting—some laced with sexual innuendos—women.
It claimed to have interviewed 50 women who have some association with Donald Trump for the past six months. Some have confirmed the disturbing pattern while others came to his defense.
“But in many cases there was an unmistakable dynamic at play: Mr. Trump had the power, and the women did not,” it said. “He had wealth. He had connections.”
As a result, “even if he had behaved crudely towards them, some of these women sought his assistance with their careers or remained by his side.”
Like the former Miss Universe, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton did not escape Donald Trump’s almost misogynistic comments as the billionaire said that the former First Lady wouldn’t have been leading the race if she wasn’t using the “woman card.”
One thing’s clear; Donald Trump has just lost a single vote as Alicia Machado, who recently became an American Citizen, will definitely be choosing somebody else.
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