One of the more surprising moments at last night's presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton came toward the end of the evening when Clinton referenced bigoted, misogynistic comments that Trump made regarding Venezuelan-born actress and former pageant contestant Alicia Machado.
Trump was asked about his alleged remarks during a phone interview with Fox News this morning, and shockingly, the outspoken real estate mogul stood by his remarks.
During the debate, Clinton accused Trump of slurs so offensive that it seemed certain he would deny or apologize for the comments this morning:
“And one of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest,” Clinton said.
“He loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them. 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.”
Yet again, however, Trump proved that the traditional rules of decorum in American politics simply don't apply to him, as he stuck by his statement with aplomb today:
“She was the worst we ever had. The worst. The absolute worst,” said Trump, who owned the Miss Universe Pageant at the time of Machado's victory.
“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.
"Hillary went back into the years, and she found this girl. This was many years ago.
"She found the girl and talked about her like she was Mother Teresa. It wasn’t quite that way. That’s okay. Hillary has to do what she has to do.”
On her Twitter page Machado thanked Clinton for standing up for her and for all women who have been viciously insulted by Trump over the years.
"I'm ready to vote For my country for you @HillaryClinton for my daughter! For women workers!" Machado wrote.
No formal poll has been conducted to determine how the Machado comments affected Trump's standing with female voters.
We're gonna go ahead and guess that the remarks didn't give him the boost he needed.