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“The Episode Broke Through”: 74% Say They Heard Of Donald Trump’s Attacks On Alicia Machado

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74% of likely voters have heard of Donald Trump’s ongoing sexist and racist attacks on Alicia Machado, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll released today.

Trump’s insults — including body-shaming the former Miss Universe as “Miss Piggy” and insulting her as “Miss Housekeeping” because of her heritage —  have been a part of what NBC News has called the worst week in Presidential campaign history for a single candidate.


The episode broke through — 74 percent heard of Trump’s comments about Machado — and it appears to have hurt Trump’s standing with women. Fifty-five percent of women said it gives them a less favorable view of Trump, and 43 percent of voters said the incident makes them less likely to support Trump.

An unhinged Trump escalated his attacks last Friday when he unleashed a bizarre, early-hour tweetstorm falsely accusing Machado of having appeared in a sex tape (Buzzfeed later reported that he’d actually been the one to appear in an adult film).

The backlash to Trump’s attack has been swift. Also late Friday, women donning pageant sashes bearing some of Trump’s worst comments degrading women — including “Miss Piggy” — visited the offices of several of Trump’s Republican backers in Congress, including Nevada’s Joe Heck and Marco Rubio in Florida:

Starting Friday, “Miss Piggy,” “Miss Housekeeping,” “Miss Eating Machine,” and a half dozen other women in pageant sashes are scheduled show up at Republican offices in five battleground states to target Trump and Republicans who have endorsed him, including Ryan, Sen. Rob Portman in Ohio, Sen. Marco Rubio in Florida, and Rep. Joe Heck in Nevada. The sashes are based on names Trump has used to describe women, including Miss “Piece of Ass,” Miss “Gold Digger,” Miss “Flat Chested,” Miss “Bimbo,” and Miss “Disgusting Animal.”

“In a head-to-head race between Trump and Clinton, Clinton leads by seven points, 46 percent to 39 percent,” according to POLITICO. Among Latino voters, Trump is headed for a historically-low performance, getting soundly trounced by Clinton, 70%-19%.