Donald Trump’s unapologetic rhetoric has gotten him in trouble this year. And some of his off-script comments at the first debate on Monday night dug holes deeper. Yet there’s one zinger Clinton threw at Trump that deserves a closer look.
The Clinton camp has sought to discredit Trump and win over undecided women by highlighting comments Trump made about one woman, Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado. Clinton has made her the example of Trump’s chauvinism. But there’s much more to the story.
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After the debate, the investigative news teams began digging up Machado’s past. And what they’ve uncovered is really shocking. Trump’s comments, which seemed horrid at first, may be seen as restrained if these new allegations prove to be true.
And, to make matters worse for Clinton, the Democratic nominee is celebrating the support she’s received from the former Miss Universe.
So what could be so shocking?
The list begins with some controversial fame. Machado posed for a 2006 Mexican Playboy photo shoot. She’s the only Miss Universe to ever pose naked.
That, though, could be considered modest. Machado then had sex on camera, while filming a reality TV show. That alone was controversial, but she was engaged to Bobby Abreu, a Major League Baseball player at the time.
When asked about the reality scene with Fernando Acaso, Machado told one reporter: “He f***s me like a b****.”
In 2008, Machado’s daughter Dinorah was born. Univision reported that Gerardo Álvarez-Vázquez, a drug lord with the Sinaloa cartel, was the father. There a $2 million bounty on his head in California.
That’s enough to ruin some women. For others, such controversy simply guarantees a time extension on the 15 minutes of fame. But what about the murder charges? How will the Clinton camp negotiate those?
But there’s more. Much more. Machado has also been accused of murdering her boyfriend’s brother-in-law. This boyfriend’s sister had committed suicide while 8 months pregnant.
And then Machado was accused of acting as a getaway driver for another boyfriend after he carried out a mob hit. In court, she threatened Venezuelan judge Maximiliano Fuenmayor. She threatened to kill him for implicating her.
How does Machado respond to these allegations? “You know, I have my past,” she told CNN. “Of course. Everybody has. Everybody has a past. And I’m not a saint girl. But that is not the point now.”
Machado went on to dismiss these errant behaviors, murder accusations, getaway drivings, etc. by dismissing them as 20 year old incidents. There’s an irony there, though, not lost on Trump. His “Miss Piggy” comments are 20 years old.
So now, at the end of a bad week for Trump, it looks like this ball is back on Clinton’s side of the court.