If looks could kill: Hillary's beauty-queen 'victim' made threats
Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Monday night at the first presidential election debate told a touching story of a victimized beauty-pageant contestant with a zinger aimed at Republican nominee Donald Trump.
The Miss Universe pageant’s 1996 winner, Alicia Machado, Clinton claimed, was brutalized by Trump’s treatment of her after she gained weight during her reign. Trump had just become co-owner of the Miss Universe organization when the alleged verbal abuse took place.
“And he called this woman ‘Miss Piggy.’ Then he called her ‘Miss Housekeeping,’ because she was Latina,” Clinton claimed. “Donald, she has a name: Her name is Alicia Machado. … She has become a U.S. citizen, and you can bet she’s going to vote this November.”
The New York Times joined Clinton in the anti-Trump chorus on Tuesday, with a story about how “for 20 years,” she lived with the “agony” of winning the Miss Universe title and its aftermath: the “shame” for “gaining weight.”
The rest of the story, however, was absent from that narrative.
In 1998, Machado was accused of driving her boyfriend “from the scene of a shooting,” and the Associated Press subsequently reported that, “A Venezuelan judge said … a former Miss Universe threatened to kill him after he indicted her boyfriend for attempted murder.”