Regardless of how Donald Trump and his team have tried to spin it in the immediate aftermath, the Republican nominee completely bombed at last night’s debate. And it wasn’t because of a faulty mic or Lester Holt asking unfair questions. No, he was unprepared, lacked stamina and was baited time and time again by a cool and collected Hillary Clinton.
Following the disastrous performance, Trump went to his safe space — Fox News. On Tuesday morning, the former reality TV star called into Fox & Friends to present his own version of events and the sycophantic curvy couch-sitters lapped up every word. They loved him going after Holt for going easy on Hillary. They nodded in agreement when he said he didn’t have the sniffles but it was his microphone picking up his breathing. But they did seem somewhat ill at ease during one specific exchange.
“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
Yep. One of the more memorable exchanges during the debate was when Clinton called out Trump for his long history of misogyny. She brought up Alicia Machado, a former Miss Universe winner who The Donald publicly shamed for gaining weight after winning the crown. At one point, the real estate mogul forced her to go to a gym with the media present. Clinton pointed out that he would call her “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping” (Machado is Latina), something Trump denied during the debate. (Hillary’s campaign would subsequently release an ad video of Machado recounting the insults.)
However, even though Trump said he never said those things about Machado, he defended his treatment of her to the Fox & Friends crew. As shown in the video above, he made sure everyone knew how terrible Machado was as a Miss Universe winner (“the worst”), before defending his abuse of her. “She gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem,” he told the Fox trio.
The look on the faces of Steve Doocy and Co. was priceless. Sort of like, ‘Why are you doing this, boss? Please stop talking.’