A look back at happier times as Reuters archive video shows Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump with his now outspoken critic, Alicia Machado, who won the 1996 Miss Universe title. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
A look back at Trump and Machado: “She’s really terrific”
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STORY: A look back at happier times as Reuters archive video shows Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump with Alicia Machado, who won the 1996 Miss Universe title.
“She’s really terrific,” Trump said in footage from January, 1997.
During the first presidential debate, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton pointed to Alicia Machado, who won the 1996 Miss Universe title, saying Trump had repeatedly insulted her.
“He loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them and he called this one ‘Miss Piggy’ and then he called her ‘Miss Housekeeping,'” she said.
Trump, former owner of the Miss Universe pageants, was asked on Tuesday morning about Clinton’s comments. He defended his insults of the Venezuelan-born woman who is now a U.S. citizen.
“She was the winner and she gained a massive amount of weight,” Trump said on Tuesday of Machado. “And it was a real problem. We had a real problem. Not only that – her attitude – and we had a real problem with her.”
Clinton continued her attacks on Trump for the comments tweeting out “Donald Trump called her ‘Miss Piggy’ and ‘Miss Housekeeping’ her name is Alicia Machado #DebateNight” with a campaign video of Ms. Machado.
Trump, making his first run for public office, praised himself for not attacking Clinton about the marital infidelity of her husband, former President Bill Clinton, during the debate at Hofstra University but said in a Tuesday morning interview with Fox News that he may take up the attack line going forward.
The television audience for debate looks set to approach 80-million viewer record for such events set in 1980, early Nielsen viewership data cited by U.S. media suggested.
There are two more debates scheduled, on Oct. 9 in St. Louis and Oct. 19 in Las Vegas.