Hillary Clinton was doing victory laps this morning, just hours after putting a debate beatdown on the Donald. The (sometimes) orange haired one declared victory, because the Matt Drudge online poll told him so. But this is all you need to know: Things got so bad that my man was calling for a lifeline from someone in America. (Sean Hannity) Sorry Donald, this is not a game show.
At some point in the debate he actually said that Hillary lacked the “stamina” to be president, but just an hour in he was the one looking like he just spent a long night in Studio 54 with a tray full of blow. He certainly was sniffing like it.
Things were so bad for him that he blamed his poor performance on everything from the microphone, to Chelsea Clinton being present.
Anyway, here is the thing, as deplorable (pun intended) as trump’s debate performance was, I would have forgiven all of his missteps and his incoherent babbling if he would have just come clean on the birther thing and apologized to the president of the United States for his years of racist rhetoric. But, of course, he did not. Instead, he chose to double down on yet another lie and had every African American in the country (except Omarosa and a bunch of greedy preachers) vowing not to even consider supporting him for president.
Now of course I understand that I have to stand in line and wait for my apology, because apparently there is a long line of people who deserve one as well.
“One of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest,” Clinton said. “He called this woman Miss Piggy, then he called her Miss Housekeeping, because she was Latina. Donald, she has a name. Her name is Alicia Machado.”
For the majority of Americans, Machado’s name will not ring a bell. But almost every Venezuelan, myself included, remembers when the former Miss Venezuela won the title of Miss Universe in 1996. (After all, beauty pageants are somewhat of a national sport over there.) We also could never forget how humiliating it was to see Machado later fat-shamed in front of international press by Trump.
After earning her crown, Machado, who was 20 years old at the time, famously gained a few pounds. In several recent interviews, she revealed her weight gain caused Trump to start calling her Miss Piggy and an “eating machine.” “She weighed 118 pounds or 117 pounds and she went to 160 or 170,” he said during one press conference. “So this is somebody who likes to eat.”
Trump’s strategy for dealing with Machado’s weight gain was to parade her in front of 90 media outlets while they photographed and filmed her working out next to a trainer. “I was about to cry in that moment with all the cameras here,” Machado told The New York Times. “I said, ‘I don’t want to do this, Mr. Trump.’ He said, ‘I don’t care.’” A newspaper headline later dubbed the awkward PR stunt “Beauty Treated Like a Beast.” “It had turned into a circus,” Machado recalled in a Clinton ad that was released on Monday night after the debate. “The joke of the fat Miss Universe. A joke that caused me a lot of pain.”’ [Source]
Alicia, I am standing right behind you.
*Pic from latinapost.com