Trump: Pageant Winner's Weight Was a 'Real Problem'

Alicia Machado 'gained a massive amount' after win, he says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 27, 2016 9:57 AM CDT
Trump: Pageant Winner's Weight Was a 'Real Problem'
Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado speaks during a news conference at a Latino restaurant in Arlington, Va. in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Luis Alonso Lugo, File)

Donald Trump's treatment of a former beauty pageant winner became campaign fodder during Monday night's debate, and Trump wasn't feeling very apologetic Tuesday morning. "I know that person," Trump said on Fox and Friends, referring to former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. "And she was the worst we ever had, the worst, the absolute worst, she was impossible," he said, per NPR. "She gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem. We had a real problem. Not only that, her attitude."

Machado has previously accused Trump of bullying her into losing weight by calling her names such as "Miss Piggy." Clinton raised the issue last night, using it to buttress her case that Trump routinely makes derogatory remarks about women. "Hillary went back into the years and she found this—this was many years ago—and found the girl and talked about her like she was Mother Teresa," said Trump, as quoted by CNN. "It wasn't quite that way, but that's OK. Hillary has to do what she has to do." (More Donald Trump 2016 stories.)

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