Donald Trump claims he loves “the Hispanics” and “cherishes women.” This Latina might disagree with that.
Alicia Machado, a Venezuelan actress and model crowned Miss Universe in 1996, says that Trump mocked her as “Miss Piggy” after she gained weight and at one point humiliated her by forcing her to work out in front of a swarm of media.
Inside Edition aired a portion of the video, which features Trump telling a horde of reporters that Machado “likes to eat.” When another reporter asked him what he would do if his then-wife Marla Maples also dared to gain weight, Trump replied “I’d probably do the same thing with her.”
Machado says Trump’s abuse led to her struggling with eating disorders and depression for years.
And in case anyone still thinks Trump’s anti-Latino rhetoric is just for political show during this one campaign season, Machado said Trump also mocked her as “Miss Housekeeping” for her accent. Yup, he’s sure been loving “the Hispanics” for decades.
Machado, who went on to become a successful singer and star on Spanish-language TV in her own right, is now on her way to becoming a US citizen. Near the end of the Inside Edition segment, the interviewer asked her if she’s going to vote for Trump in November.