Hillary practiced for the debate with tenacity and had all various attack lines from the media against Trump stored away. She, with the aid of Lester Holt, squeezed in every attack line you know she practiced saying over and over again in front of her mirror. One person that she brought up, in an attempt to pull the woman card and paint Trump as a misogynist, is Alicia Machado. Alicia Machado is a Miss Universe winner from 1996. She gained weight, Trump had her work out with the press there, and she claims that he called her "Miss Piggy" and "Housekeeping" (because she's Latina). She even accused him of giving her bulimia (will be addressed later). Now this is hardly a new line of attack. This was in a largely discredited piece done months ago by the New York Times. However, when Hillary brought it up, the media, aware that some people hadn't been paying attention the first time and in their attempts as pro-Hillary surrogate, seized on it to revive Hillary's sagging poll numbers. This is not the first time the media has resurrected an old line of attack and pretended it wasn't covered already. They just did it with the birther story (which Hillary's helper Lester Holt brought up in the debate while ignoring all of the scandals affixed to Hillary's name).
The problem is that the media has made fools of themselves in bringing up this Machado story. In fact, as you will soon see, Trump is partially vindicated by Hillary's own network - CNN.
First of all, I want to start out by saying that this woman entered an international beauty contest and won. Of course women are judged on their beauty in the contests. If someone has the honor of winning, they are supposed to maintain their body contractually for that year as they represent that beauty pageant. However, we'll see that Trump didn't stand there with a whip forcing her to exercise like the media made it seem like.
In an interview with Bill O'Reilly:
O'REILLY: Now, the other avenue they are going to come after you is the woman card. Alright, and they're gonna say that you're a mean guy and you don't respect women. Do you have anything further to say on this Miss Universe thing?
TRUMP: No, not much...I mean, look, I hardly know this person. This is a person 20 years ago, she wasn't a successful uh....You know, I sold the Miss Universe at a, you know, for a tremendous price amount, you know, six months ago, uh... it worked out great. I don't have anything to do with it anymore, but I really enjoyed it when I had it. But this is a person, Bill, that was the first one under my ownership, she did not do well, she had a lot of difficulties, and you know, they wanted to fire her - the company itself wanted to fire her - I saved her job. I bet you if I, if you put up and added up all the time I spoke to her, it's probably less than five minutes. I mean, I wasn't, I had nothing to do with this person, but they wanted to fire her. I saved her job because I said that's going to be ruinous, and I've done that with a number of the young ladies where I saved their job, but the staff itself. And you know what happened? Look what I get out of it. I get nothing.
So a lot of things are coming out about her. I'm not going to say anything - I couldn't care care less - but it's somebody I don't know, don't know certainly very well. I saved her job because they wanted to fire her for putting on so much weight - and it is a beauty contest - you know, say what you want, Bill, but they know what they are getting into. It's a beauty contest, and I said, let her try and lose the weight. Can you imagine? I end up in this position like this, so that's the way it is. I really just don't know her.
O'REILLY: Do you think that was a cheap shot by Secretary Clinton to bring that up?
TRUMP: Well, I think it was, and now a lot of things are coming out that I wasn't aware of like they say she threatened the life of a judge, and they got involved in all sorts of problems, and some reports just came out 20 minutes ago about her, and you know, I mean if that turns out to be true, a lot of the things that are turning out to be perhaps true, I think it's going to make Hillary look extremely bad. But again, I help somebody and this is what you get for helping somebody, but I just don't know her.
Right after this, the media sneered at Trump. They clearly didn't buy Trump's explanation. A check of the archives of Clinton's own network shows that what Trump said is TRUE. He did save job. He also wasn't disrespectful to her like the media made it out. Why? Because the media was there at that very work out press conference, and they sure didn't seem to have a problem with it then when they showed up like vultures with their cameras.
NEW YORK (CNN) -- When Alicia Machado of Venezuela was named Miss Universe nine months ago, no one could accuse her of being the size of the universe. But as her universe expanded, so did she, putting on nearly 60 pounds.
Indeed, the reigning Miss Universe learned the hard way that an extra 15 or 20 pounds can gain you a ton of publicity. But now she's determined to shed at least 15 pounds, though the loss of her Miss Universe crown is no longer an issue.
"Some people when they have pressure eat too much. Like me. Like Alicia," said Donald Trump, the executive producer of the Miss Universe Pageant.
Since winning the crown, the former Miss Venezuela went from 118 pounds to -- well -- a number that kept growing like the size of the fish that got away.
(THAT SOUNDS LIKE FAT SHAMING, CNN!)
Rumors also surfaced that she might be forced to give up her Miss Universe crown.
But Trump, as co-owner of rights to the pageant, said he would never let that happen. "We had a choice of: termination or do this," he said. "We wanted to do this."
The pageant's meaning of "do this" was for Machado to get her weight down to about 130 pounds. At a recent photo op, Machado -- hardly a blimp at 5-foot-7 -- pedaled a stationary bicycle and jumped rope in front of a pack of photographers and reporters who could themselves use a little training.
"A lot of you folks have weight problems. I hate to tell you," Trump told the rowdy pool of reporters.
A video also emerged of this workout also from Clinton's News Network. Let's look at it and see if Donald Trump treated her terribly. Alicia was smiling and giggling with Donald Trump.
MACHADO: "When did you want you can work out with me."
TRUMP: I'll work out with her anytime she wants I'll tell you.
MACHADO: OK. (Giggles)
A reporter asks what advice Trump would give to Alicia.
TRUMP: Well, I don't think Alicia needs much advice. I will say that last year, before I owned the Miss Universe contest, I went to the Miss Universe pageant last year - it was in Las Vegas - and I felt that Alicia was one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen. It was incredible, and all of the folks that were here agreed with that. Alicia is like and like a lot of other people - I love to eat, we all love to eat - not all of you, some of you are lucky - but we eat. We like to eat. We like to eat. And she had tremendous pressure put on her with the win and everything else. Plus she was going all over the world, all foreign places, and that was a huge amount of pressure. And some people when they have pressure don't eat, and some people when they have pressure eat too much - like me, like Alicia. And what's she going to do now, she has one of the great trainers of the world...
TRUMP: ...and a very very famous man in his own right, and he's been working with her for the last few days, and I think she's going to show up at that conference, actually, probably being a little bit bigger than when she won it, but you think that's actually better? (to trainer) When she won it, she weighed about 118 pounds (too light says trainer present) and actually, from what I understand a little bit heavier. But I will say, when she won the conference, I had never seen anybody more beautiful, and she's totally beautiful now, but I think come contest time, what are you talking about in terms of weight? (to trainer)
The trainer says she was too light before, and they want her to weight more than the 118.
A reporters asks if Trump really considered letting her go.
TRUMP: Well, I'll tell you, there was a group that wanted us to do that very much, and I have to credit CBS also because they are my partner. I bought the contest, the Miss Universe/Miss USA contest, and then CBS joined me as my partner, I mean more that just five years of broadcast rights. They actually are 50/50 partners now, and they were with me 100%; we really agreed on it together. And one of the reasons is that, you know, you have a lot of people that have problems with weight, eating disorders, whatever you want to call it. A lot of you people, I mean I'm looking at you reporters, and I can't believe how many showed up, but a lot of you folks have weight problems I hate to tell you. (Machado laughs and leans in towards Trump). And that doesn't include you, but a lot of you folks that I'm looking at right now aren't in the greatest of shape, and the truth is...and I'm not meaning that you're too skinny, although you're pretty skinny I have to tell you (to reporter). The fact is that this is a universal problem.
The bottom line, from Clinton's own news network, is that Trump does not take the advice to terminate her contract which some wanted him to do, and instead he does this so she can maintain her crown. He then talks about how she is one of the most beautiful women he has ever seen, says she's still beautiful with weight gain, and proceeds to defend her by putting himself in the same boat. He says it's been stressful for her, and she, like he does, eats when stressed. He hires her a trainer (more on that in a second) who tells her she doesn't need to lose all the weight and wants to help her stay at a healthy BMI (not be too thin). He then says this is a problem many people, including the reporters present, have. Classic Trump was insulting reporters back then too.
As far as Trump calling her "Miss Piggy" and "Housekeeping," there hasn't been a witness to this that has come forward to my knowledge.
We'll address her claims that Trump gave her an eating disorder. Megyn Kelly called her out on that. She had one before she met Trump:
You said, as a result of what he said to you, you developed an eating disorder of bulimia and anorexia, but you had said publicly at the time that you suffered from both of those eating disorders prior to the Miss Universe contest,” Kelly said.
“No, no, never, never,” Machado cut in. “I never had any problem before the pageant.”
“This is from the Washington Post,” Kelly said. “This quote is from you: ‘I was anorexic and bulimic but almost all of us are…When I was preparing for Miss Universe, it was an obsession for me to not gain weight. By the time I won, I was actually recovering. But the year leading to it, I didn’t eat at all. And whatever I ate, I threw up. I weighed 116 pounds when I won. I was skeletal.'”
Machado, who is now a citizen and plans to vote for Clinton, denied the quote.
“No, I’m sorry, but that was not true,” Machado responded. “Maybe in that moment, they — the company, Miss Universe, and in specific, this person — they manipulated a lot of information about me.”
Did she mind the attention at the time? It doesn't seem like it. She liked that it made her more famous, and this is two other sources including the AP and Newark-Star Ledger, who back up Trump's account of what happened:
Machado would claim months later that she was shocked and resentful at being ambushed by a crush of media. But as camera flashes erupted, she rejoiced.
'Famous publicity!' Machado exclaimed to the AP. 'Before I had 15 pounds more, nobody knows [me]. Now I am Miss Universe and everybody knows.'
'Now I have publicity for 15 pounds more – I think it's good!' she added.
The AP reporter noted that Machado 'lifted a 10-pound weight, skipped rope and pedaled a bike – all while laughing, smiling [and] waving.'
And he told the AP then what he says now: that Miss Universe officials wanted to depose Machado, but he stepped in to spare her.
'There were people in the pageant industry who thought there should be a termination,' Trump told the AP.
'The weight was unacceptable to a lot of people. It was not unacceptable to me.'
The Newark Star-Ledger reported a line that day that has become fodder for finger-wagging in Trump's direction: 'You could call her an eating machine,' he told reporters.
But in the next breath he said he was helping Machado avoid losing her Miss Universe crown and sash.
'She'd be destroyed if they take it away.'
Trump told Newsweek the following month, with Machado's future still in doubt, that a forfeit 'would be unfair to her and to people with a weight problem.'
In the aftermath, reflecting three months later on the entire episode, Machado told the Miami Herald: 'At first I felt deceived by the press. I thought, with so many important things happening in the world, why are these idiots spending so much time worrying about something as absurd as my weight?'
'But thanks to these idiots, I am famous. Even in Malaysia, people know me.'