Donald Trump fat-shamed Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado after she gained weight in 1997, and made her exercise in front of cameras he called in for a media event.
Machado announced in 2016 that she was becoming an American citizen and was voting for Hillary Clinton.
Trump claimed that Clinton arranged Machado’s citizenship. That was a lie.
Trump claimed that Machado appeared in a “sex tape,” but that was also a lie.
A CNN anchor pointed out that Trump’s tweets about Machado were “kind of vile.”
Trump campaign senior adviser AJ Delgado told MSNBC she was “embarrassed” by Machado “as a Latina.”
Republican lawmakers slammed the Trump campaign for bringing up the issue.
TPM Media’s Josh Marshall explained: “For Trump, Machado must be like a terrifying nightmare: a strong, beautiful Latina, draped in an American flag, who is intent on hurting him but who he is incapable of injuring.”