For the second day in a row, the Republican nominee for President of the United States breathed more and more life into a story that has no way of coming out positively for him. Just like with the Khan family and Judge Gonzalo Curiel, Donald Trump just can’t seem to stop saying disgustingly offensive things about former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. In this case, he wants everyone to know just how grossly fat she got and how he was only helping her out by shaming her.
Speaking to Bill O’Reilly Wednesday night — he only shows up on Fox News now — Trump continued to go on the offensive with Machado, who had previously highlighted how the real estate mogul treated her after she won the crown in 1996. Trump let his milkshake buddy know that he was actually a hero in all of this because if he didn’t get her to shed all of those ugly pounds, she would have been fired.
From Talking Point Memo’s transcript of The O’Reilly Factor:
“No, not much. I hardly know this person. This was a person 20 years ago. She wasn’t a successful, you know, I sold the Miss Universe contest for tremendous price about, you know, six months ago. Worked out great. So I don’t have anything to do with it anymore. But I really enjoyed it when I had it. But this is a person, Bill that that was the first one under my ownership. She did not do well. She had a lot of difficulty. And, you know, they wanted to fire her. The company itself wanted to fire her. I saved her job. I will bet you if you put up and added up all the time I spoke to her probably less than five minutes. I mean, I wasn’t — I had nothing to do with this person, but they wanted to fire her. I saved her job because I said that’s going to — I did that with a number of young ladies. The staff itself. Look what happened. Look what I get out of it. I get nothing. A lot of things are coming out about her.
I’m not going to say anything. I couldn’t care less. Somebody I don’t know. Don’t know certainly very well. I saved her job because they wanted to fire her for putting on so much weight it is a beauty contest. Say what you want, Bill. It’s a beauty contest. I said “Don’t do that. Let her try and lose the weight.” You can imagine? I end up in a position like this. So that’s the way it is. I really just don’t know her.”
Now, there’s a bunch to unpack there. One, we have Trump declaring himself a savior and heroic figure for going out of his way to save the job of someone he didn’t know and who was terrible. Two, he notes that it isn’t even worth doing good deeds because you don’t get anything in the end. Three, he slips in that there’s a lot of stuff coming out about her, some very bad stuff. Yeah, like stuff his staff and sycophants in the media are pushing.
Trump camp talking points: Machado trying to “gain notoriety at the expense of Mr. Trump’s name and reputation” pic.twitter.com/XlnqGgK0Aq
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) September 28, 2016
But, Trump wasn’t done, because he can never, ever, ever let any of this shit go. Like, ever. After Bill-O lobbed up a softball, asking the former reality TV star if he thought it was a cheap shot to bring up Machado, Trump again highlighted how heroic he was while saying he got nothing for his wonderful act of valor. (And made sure we knew how bad a person Machado is, like totally awful and terrible and not great.)
“Well, I think it was. A lot of things are coming out that I wasn’t aware of. They say she threatened the life of a judge and got involved in all sorts of problems and some reports just came out 20 minutes ago about her. You know, if that turns out to be true. A lot of the things that are turning out to be, perhaps, true, I think it’s going to make Hillary lock extremely bad. But, again, I helped somebody and this is what you get for helping somebody. I just don’t know her.”
As MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlin highlighted after the interview aired, it is no longer about Trump attacking a women and minority. No, this is about impulse control, something that showed through clear as day during the debate.
As various followers noting, the subtext of the Machado story is no longer just about gender. It’s Trump’s ability to control his impulses.
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) September 29, 2016
Below is video of the interview, courtesy of Fox News: