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Trump attacks Alicia Machado again: ‘She gained a massive amount of weight. She was the worst

Hillary Clinton drilled into Donald Trump during Monday night’s presidential debate on his treatment of women after he called a Miss Universe winner “Miss Piggy”, but the Republican nominee didn’t back away from the comment, telling Fox and Friends on Tuesday morning that “she gained a massive amount of weight”.

Alicia Machado from Venezuela won the Miss Universe contest in 1996, shortly after Trump became executive producer of the contest. She gained weight in her year as winner – CNN at the time reported a 60-pound increase; Machado says it was closer to 15 pounds – which Trump and the Miss Universe contest viewed as a significant problem.

“She was the worst we ever had, the worst, she was impossible,” Trump told Fox and Friends on Tuesday.

“She was the winner and she gained a massive amount of weight and it was a real problem,” said Trump. “Not only that, her attitude. We had a real problem with her.”

Trump led the media blitz on Machado’s weight back in 1996, forcing her to exercise on camera and speaking publicly about her weight gain. “Some people when they have pressure eat too much. Like me. Like Alicia,” he told the media at the time. Clinton used his previous comments to pin him on gender issues, in some of her final remarks of the evening.

“This is a man who has calling women pigs, slobs and dogs, and someone who has said pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers, who has said that women don’t deserve equal pay unless they do as good a job as men,” said Clinton.

“And 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 – and he called this woman ‘Miss Piggy’, then he called her ‘Miss Housekeeping’ because she was Latina,” said Clinton.

“Donald, she has a name. Her name is Alicia Machado. And she has become a US citizen and you can bet she is going to vote this November,” she added. Shortly after the debate, the Clinton campaign released an ad starring Machado.

Trump acknowledged that Clinton’s comments about Machado had frustrated him, saying the Clinton campaign “found a girl and talked about her as if she was Mother Teresa and it wasn’t quite that way, but that’s OK, Hillary has to do what she has to”.

On Tuesday he echoed the claim he made after the debate, as a response to Clinton grilling him on his treatment of women, that he wanted to bring up Bill Clinton’s extramarital affairs but didn’t out of respect for their daughter, Chelsea.

“I didn’t feel comfortable doing it with Chelsea in the room,” said Trump.

But the Republican nominee said he might mention the affairs in the next debate on 9 October. “I may hit her harder in certain ways. I really eased up in certain ways because I didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings,” he said.

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