As the war is waged for the suburban female vote Republican Nominee Donald Trump’s sexism has been brought to the forefront, which is exactly where it should be. Trump has made no attempts to deny any allegations of harassing contestants at beauty pageants or the crude way he speaks about women, instead he’s defending those positions.
Trump appeared on O’Reilly Wednesday and addressed the controversy surrounding Miss Universe 1996 Alicia Machado, who he named “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping”.
Trump: “I had nothing to do with this person, but they wanted to fire her […] She did not do well. She had a lot of difficulties […] And you know, they wanted to fire her […] The company itself wanted to fire her. I saved her job.”
Trump’s supporters may be able to find some strange justification for his comments if they want to believe that Machado gained some massive amount of weight that she was contractually obligated not to do, however, those claims would be made null if other contestants stepped forward to attest to similar treatment. That has now happened. Miss Australia 1996, of the same year as Machado has revealed Trump treated her the same way.
Via Salon: “He said to me, ‘Suck your stomach in. Suck your gut in.’ He always wanted us to be sexy,” said Jodi Seal, Miss Australia in the 1996 Miss Universe pageant, the same year that Machado won the title while representing Venezuela.
“He was calling some girls some pretty horrible names as well,” she recounted.
Calling Trump a “Mussolini-” grade tyrant who regularly mocked women about their bodies, Seal revealed that Trump regularly told the female contestants to “wear your swimsuits out.”
“He’d walk by while we were eating. He put a lot of the girls down. It was supposed to be the time of our lives,” Seal said, calling Trump “controlling” and saying he wanted the contestants exercising daily.
“I really feel for her,” Seal said of Machado. “She was meant to be the most beautiful woman in the world — Miss Universe — and she was treated with no respect.”
Machado “weighed less than I did, during the pageant, after the pageant. There’s no way she was big,” she added.