|Alicia Machado, Miss Universe 1996 photographed this year May 2016|
Donald J. Trump has created another controversy. He doubled down on Hillary Clinton's reference to him mocking a former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, weight.
Miss Machado was Miss Venezuela when she won the Trump owned Miss Universe contest in Las Vegas in 1996. After she won the Miss Universe contest she apparently committed the horrendous mistake of gaining weight. Trump publicly called her "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping" (because of her Latina heritage).
However, name calling wasn't enough. (the following is from a New York Times article):
Trump, as executive producer of the Miss Universe pageant insisted on accompanying Ms. Machado, then a teenager, to a gym, where dozens of reporters and cameramen watched as she exercised.
Mr. Trump, in his trademark suite and tie, posed for photographs beside her as she burned calories in front of members of the news media. "This is somebody who likes to eat,", Mr. Trump said from inside the gym.
I remember when his awful treatment of this Miss Universe happened. That was twenty years ago. I cringed when I heard and read how he was treating her. I couldn't believe it but I don't remember anyone in the news media broadcasting their outrage of his treatment of Ms. Machado.
|Donald Trump and Alicia Machado 20 years ago at the gym where he publicly humiliated her for gaining weight|
The Trump campaign is supposed to be concentrating on courting the vote of suburban woman, I don't think his doubling down on his actions towards the former Miss Universe helps that effort.