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The Miss Universe winner Trump called 'Miss Piggy' registered to vote in Miami

A portrait of Alicia Machado, who won the Miss Universe pageant in 1996, in Los Angeles, May 6, 2016. For 20 years, Machado has lived with the agony of what Donald J. Trump did to her after she won the Miss Universe title: shame her, over and over, for gaining weight. On Monday night (Sept. 26, 2016), Hillary Clinton turned Machado's pain into a potent political weapon on the biggest possible stage.

The New York Times

A portrait of Alicia Machado, who won the Miss Universe pageant in 1996, in Los Angeles, May 6, 2016. For 20 years, Machado has lived with the agony of what Donald J. Trump did to her after she won the Miss Universe title: shame her, over and over, for gaining weight. On Monday night (Sept. 26, 2016), Hillary Clinton turned Machado's pain into a potent political weapon on the biggest possible stage.

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Alicia Machado didn’t gain a lot of attention when she campaigned for Hillary Clinton on a Saturday afternoon last month in Miami, but the moment carried great personal significance:

The former Miss Universe, who came up during last night’s presidential debate, became a U.S. citizen the day before and registered to vote in Miami. Venezuelan born, Machado urged others to do the same during an event in Doral then went door knocking with volunteers in the Coral Way neighborhood of Miami.

"As a mother, a student, as a businesswoman, I know Hillary Clinton is the best choice for our future. We can't risk putting our country's future in the hands of a person like Donald Trump," Machado said at El Arepazo restaurant in Doral. "I experienced firsthand bullying and mistreatment by a person who's temperamentally unfit to lead the most powerful nation of the world."

Clinton brought up that bullying last night, telling a national audience that Trump had called the 1996 Miss Universe “Miss Piggy” after she gained weight. “Then he called her Miss Housekeeping because she was Latina,” Clinton said.

Trump went on Fox and Friends Tuesday morning and did not back down. “She gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem. We had a real problem. Not only that, her attitude," he said as the Fox panel sat stone-faced.

His remarks made headlines at a time Trump is trying to broaden his appeal to women and Hispanics.

Machado was in Miami in July as well for an event put on by the 1st Domestic Workers Assembly of South Florida, an organization that supports housekeepers.

Last night the Clinton campaign released this video:

[Last modified: Friday, September 30, 2016 3:57pm]

    

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