Clinton Campaign Produces Further Proof Of Trump's Damaging Treatment Of Women


27/09/2016 7:16 PM AEST | Updated 28/09/2016 2:15 AM AEST

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton did not let the first debate conclude without calling out her opponent’s history for making degrading comments about women

Clinton referenced former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, who has accused GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump of calling her “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping” during her time working for the Republican presidential nominee. 

The Clinton campaign released a video after Monday’s debate featuring Machado, who was the first woman to win Miss Universe after Trump bought the pageant. Machado alleged she was not paid for some of the work she did as Miss Universe and that Trump’s scrutiny over her weight left her battling eating disorders.

She described one experience in particular as humiliating. Machado gained weight soon after becoming Miss Universe and said Trump ambushed her with reporters who were invited to watch her work out. 

“She weighed 118 pounds or 117 pounds, and she went up to 160 or 170, so this is somebody that likes to eat,” Trump told reporters. 

When The New York Times published an in-depth report this year on Trump’s problematic treatment of women, he admitted to wanting Machado to lose weight. “To that, I will plead guilty,” he told the paper.

Machado was in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen when the Times published its report. In the video above, she said she is now a citizen and will vote in November.

“This is a man that doesn’t realize the damage he causes,” Machado said in the video above. “He bears many grudges, and harbors a deep racism, and he is convinced that there are lesser human beings than him.” 

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.

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