It’s an open secret that Fox News is Donald Trump’s safety blanket during the campaign, the place he can always go to feel safe from the mean journalists asking him tough questions, but even they were stunned into rigid expressions of horror after Trump’s defense of fat shamming one of his Miss Universe contestants.
In one of the major blows Clinton landed on Trump during the debate, she brought up Trump’s history of sexism. Specifically, Hillary pointed out smears Trump directed at a former Miss Universe contestant whom he despised because she… gained some weight after winning. Nothing says “I treat women as objects” quite like demanding a woman who won a contest you sponsor stay the weight you want her to indefinitely. He infamously referred to her as “Miss Piggy.”
“One of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest. He loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them,” Clinton said. “And he called this woman ‘Miss Piggy.’ Then he called her ‘Miss Housekeeping,’ because she was Latina. Donald, she has a name.”
When asked about the awkward debate moment during Trump’s (predictable) call-in on this morning’s Fox and Friends, Trump defended his comments by doubling down. The rant was so unhinged that Fox’s normally repugnant morning crew actually looked nauseated on set.
“She gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem.” —Trump just defended his attacks on Fmr. Miss Universe Alicia Machado. pic.twitter.com/HbVtaBpK3R
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 27, 2016
Donald Trump, Republican nominee for President of the United States:
She was the winner, and, you know, she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem. We had a real problem. Not only that, her attitude, and we had a real problem with her, so Hillary went back into the years and she found this girl. This was many years ago, and found the girl and talked about her like she was Mother Teresa and it wasn’t quite that way, but that’s OK.
Another shot of the stunned Fox and Friends crew:
The faces of the Fox & Friends host as Trump says the Miss Universe winner "gained a massive amount of weig… https://t.co/pqwyBuoZ0C
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) September 27, 2016
Trump’s comments highlight his biggest problem, and the one Hillary seems adept at exploiting: Trump’s own actions and words are so beyond the pale that just letting him talk usually results in something close to definitive proof that this man does not belong near the White House.
The idea that any woman would vote for a man who thinks so little of women in general is difficult to fathom. It’s likely that the polls coming in to measure the outcome of the debate will reveal Trump has managed to widen his “woman voter problem.”
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