Donald Trump dug himself further into a hole of disgusting sexism when he told “Fox & Friends” that a former Miss Universe winner’s weight gain was a “real problem.”
During Monday night’s presidential debate, Hillary Clinton attacked the GOP presidential nominee for his many negative comments about women’s appearances. One of the women Clinton referenced was Alicia Machado, a Venezuelan beauty queen who says that Trump’s insults left her with crushing body image issues.
Trump defended himself Tuesday morning by arguing that Machado deserved every bit of his attacks.
“She was the worst we ever had,” he said. “She was the winner, and she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem. We had a real problem with her.”
His remarks, however disturbing, probably shouldn’t surprise us at this point. The GOP presidential hopeful has a long history of insulting women for the way they look. He’s called Rosie O’Donnell a “fat pig,” told The New York Times’ Gail Collins that she has “the face of a dog,” and claimed that supermodel Heidi Klum is “no longer a 10.”
Trump’s latest insults are reminiscent of his derogatory remarks about the immigrant parents of an American soldier killed in Iraq. Though those comments cost him badly in the polls, the former reality TV star can’t resist hitting back against anyone who criticizes him, whether it’s the family of a fallen service member or a former Miss Universe.
Khizr Khan, whose son, Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed by a suicide bomber in 2004, devastated Trump by holding up a pocket Constitution while he blasted the Republican nominee at the Democratic National Convention.
This story has been updated to include more information about Donald Trump’s past comments.
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.