Alicia Machado once made news for becoming the first-ever woman to win Miss Universe and pose for Playboy.
But now Alicia Machado is making headlines for a very different reason.
On Monday night, at the first Presidential debate of 2016, Hillary Clinton invoked Machado’s name in order to make a point about Donald Trump’s history of sexism.
The planned attack took place toward the end of the 90-minute event.
“One of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest – he loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them," Clinton said, elaborating on what transpired years ago:
"And 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, and she has become a U.S. citizen and you can bet she’s going to vote this November."
Clinton’s campaign then reinforced the point after the debate, releasing a video featuring Trump’s comments about Machado after the Republican nominee acted as if he had never heard of her.
Trump proceeded to call Fox and Friends on Tuesday morning and bring up how Machado was a terrible Miss Universe Pageant winner because she just went ahead and got so fat.
Really, this actually happened.
“She was the worst we ever had. The worst. The absolute worst,” excoriated Trump, who owned the Miss Universe Pageant at the time of Machado’s victory.
He wasn’t done bashing her, either.
"She was impossible. She was a Miss Universe contestant and ultimately a winner, who they had a tremendously difficult time with as Miss Universe.
"She was the winner, and she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem. We had a real problem. Not only that, her attitude. We had a real problem with her."
And now Trump may have a real problem with Alicia Machado.
After her Miss Universe win, Trump forced Machado to diet and exercise.
During one workout, he ambushed her with television cameras. The real estate mogul and bigot also spoke negatively about her Latina heritage, criticizing her accent and calling her “Miss Housekeeping."
“I was in some gym in New York like a mouse,” Machado told The Guardian this week, looking back on the aforementioned ambush.
“’Look at that mouse: how she run, how she jump, how she make exercise.’ Like that. In that moment is when … problems come to me and start."
Machado was born in Venezuela and recently became a U.S. citizen.
She is planning to vote for Clinton (d’uh) and hopes to use her Miss Universe background to shine a giant light on Trump’s disturbing record of sexism.
"I never thought, and I never imagined then 20 years later, I’ll be in this position … watching this guy again doing stupid things and stupid comments,” she said.
“I’m not beauty queen, I’m not Miss Universe anymore. I’m a worker, I’m a mother … I have a family, I have a career, I have a business and, you know, if my story can open eyes for this election, that is what I’m trying to do.”
Simply put, Machado tells The Guardian of Trump:
“He can’t be a president of the United States of America."
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