Machado About Trump

Alicia Machado claps back on Instagram at Donald Trump’s campaign of ‘cheap lies’

Alicia Machado

Ever since she came out as a Hillary Clinton supporter, Donald Trump has been attacking Alicia Machado— the Venezuelan-born 1996 Miss Universe winner whom he previously referred to as “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping”—falsely suggesting that she has an illicit sex tape floating around that would somehow invalidate her political beliefs.

Rather than merely choosing to take the higher ground and ignore Trump’s obtuse, decidedly un-presidential comments, Machado’s clapping right back at Trump with a few choice words of her own.

“Through his campaign of hate, the Republican candidate insists on discrediting and demoralizing a woman, which is definitively one of his most terrifying characteristics,” Machado wrote in Spanish in an Instagram post this morning. “He seeks to distract attention from his real problems and his incapacity to be the leader of this great country.”

"El candidato republicano y su equipo de campaña nuevamente están generando ataques, insultos e intentando revivir difamaciones y falsas acusaciones sobre mi vida. Todo eso con la finalidad de intimidarme, humillarme y desequilibrarme una vez más. Los ataques que han surgido son calumnias y mentiras baratas generadas con malas intenciones, que no tienen fundamento que han sido difundidas por medios amarillistas. Ésta, por supuesto, no es la primera vez que enfrento una situación así. Por medio de su campaña de odio, el candidato republicano insiste en desacreditar y desmoralizar a una mujer, lo que definitivamente es una de sus características más aterradoras. Con esto, busca distraer la atención de sus reales problemas y de su incapacidad para pretender ser el líder de este gran país. Cuando era apenas una jovencita, el ahora candidato, me humilló, me insultó, me irrespetó públicamente, como lo hacía usualmente de forma privada de la forma más cruel. Así como esto me pasó a mí, es claro a través de los años, que sus acciones y conductas se han repetido con otras mujeres durante décadas. Por lo tanto, seguiré de pie, compartiendo mi historia, mi apoyo absoluto a la señora Clinton en nombre de las mujeres, de mis hermanas, tías, abuelas, primas, amigas y la comunidad femenina. A mis latinas y en general, quiero agradecerles todo el apoyo, el amor y el respeto, a mi carrera, a mi persona como ser humano y a mi familia. Yo me hice ciudadana de este gran país porque aquí nació mi hija y porque quería ejercer todos mis derechos, entre ellos votar. Continuaré de pie, firme en mi experiencia vivida como Miss Universo y ustedes conmigo apoyándome. He estado tan complacida por tantas palabras amables, por tanto amor. Yo estoy centrándome en mi ocupada carrera, en mi labor de madre y voy a seguir dando pasos positivos para la comunidad latina, seguiré como activista en pro de los derechos de la mujer y el respeto que nos merecemos. Aprecio todo su amor y todo su apoyo nuevamente, gracias". Miles de bendiciones.

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Machado went on to describe her stint as Miss Universe, during which Trump made a point of publicly criticizing her for gaining weight after the pageant and going so far as to organize a press-attended photoshoot of her exercising as a form of “damage control.”

“I will stay standing and sharing my story and my absolute support for Mrs. Clinton in the name of women, my sisters, aunts, grandmothers, cousins, friends and the female community,” Machado wrote. “To my Latinas, and in general, I want to thank you for all of the support, love and respect for my career, my humanity and for my family.”

Here’s an English translation of the post.

The Republican candidate and his campaign are once more generating attacks and insults and trying to revive defamatory and false accusations about my life. All of this has the purpose of intimidating, humiliating and destabilizing me once again. The attacks are calumnies and cheap lies generated with bad intentions. They have no foundation and have been spread by sensationalist media outlets. This, to be sure, isn’t the first time I have faced this kind of situation. Through his campaign of hate, the Republican candidate insists on discrediting and demoralizing a woman, which is definitively one of his most terrifying characteristics. With this, he seeks to distract attention from his real problems and his incapacity to be the leader of this great country.

When I was younger, [Trump] humiliated me, insulted me and disrespected me publicly, as he had usually done privately and in the cruelest way. Just as this happened to me, it is clear that over the years, his actions and conduct have been repeated with other women over decades. Therefore, I will stay standing and sharing my story and my absolute support for Mrs. Clinton in the name of women, my sisters, aunts, grandmothers, cousins, friends and the female community. To my Latinas, and in general, I want to thank you for all of the support, love and respect for my career, my humanity and for my family. I became a citizen of this great country because it is where my daughter was born and because I wanted to exercise all of my rights—including the right to vote.

I will continue to stand up, firm in my experience as Miss Universe, and with your support. I have been so pleased to hear so many of your kind words, and to receive so much love. I am focusing on my career and my work as a mother and I am going to continue taking positive steps for the Latino community, and as an activist for the rights of women and for the respect we deserve. I appreciate all of your love and support once more. Thank you.