A new Donald Trump “scandal” caught the media’s attention following the first presidential debate — during which Hillary Clinton highlighted comments Trump made two decades ago. At the center of the controversy is Alicia Machado, Miss Universe 1996, who was criticized (both privately and publicly) for gaining weight during the competition. It fit into a media narrative that already has been effective in its aim of turning off half the public to Trump by making him appear anti-women.
“And he called this woman ‘Miss Piggy.’ Then he called her ‘Miss Housekeeping,” because she was Latina, Clinton said regarding Machado.
“Where did you find this? Where did you find this?” Trump responded.
There’s no public footage or record of Trump referring to Machado by those two names, so the comments had to have been made in private, if they were made at all. The Trump campaign says those claims are baseless, but did acknowledge he criticized her for her weight, telling Fox News that “she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem.”
CNN has run a number of stories on Machado, and interviewed her on their network. One article was titled, “‘Miss Universe’ Alicia Machado strikes back against Donald Trump,” where she attacked Trump, while not denying accusations she was once the accomplice to a murder, stating, “You know, I have my past, of course everybody has a past. And I’m no saint girl. But that is not the point now … (Trump) was really rude with me, he tried to destroy my self esteem.”
Yes, who cares if she once tried to murder someone — her feelings were hurt!
The day prior, another story was run on Machado, headlined, “‘Miss Universe’ tearfully thanks Clinton for defense against Trump’s ‘Miss Piggy’ remarks.” Ironically, in an article that attempts to shame Donald Trump for fat-shaming Machado, they link to an earlier CNN article that shows them to be hypocrites.
Holier-than-thou CNN made fun of former Ms Universe Alicia Machado's weight In 1997: pic.twitter.com/4cDELjiFfa
— Marie (@MarieLeff) September 28, 2016
You can read the full article here.
While I personally don’t agree with how Trump conducted himself, the media is pretending to have a problem with the same behavior they themselves have modeled.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]