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Driving Miss Machado.

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Image courtesy of A.F. Branco at Comically Incorrect.

Hillary is using Alicia Machado to spotlight Trump’s war on women, but what about Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, Monica Lewinsky, and many others who Hillary tried to destroy.

The Hillary / Trump / Alicia Machado dust up is one of the reasons we think this is a presidential election of not who one wants to see in the White House, or even who is slightly less likable than the other.

No, this is an election of “who is more despicable.”

In 1995 Alicia Machado won the Miss. Venezuela beauty contest. She later won the Miss Universe crown in 1996.

After winning the Miss Universe pageant, Machodo gained weight. A lot of weight. For a person whose primary job is to keep trim, look good, and smile for cameras, the weight gain was seen as a problem by the contest organizers as well as the press.

Trump, who at that time owned the Miss Universe pageant, was less than sensitive to the weight gain of Machado. On the one hand, he was encouraging her to get into the gym, hiring trainers and dietitians. On the other hand, in public he called her “Miss Piggy” and made off statements such as:

She was the worst we ever had. The worst. The absolute worst. She was impossible. She was the winner, and she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem.

Oy vey.

During last weeks debate, Clinton raised the Marchado incident as an example of Trump’s “war on women.”

That “war on women” is quite an interesting charge being made by Clinton as she has gone after Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, Monica Lewinsky, all of whom had some sort of sexual encounter with her husband.

In fact, back in August, Clinton had on her website the statement that women who claimed to have been sexually assaulted had the “right to be believed.”

That statement was scrubbed after Juanita Brodderick reminded the world that Hillary and Bill Clinton as well as their operatives, had gone after her when she made the claim that Bill Clinton raped her.

In essence, we have a person who likes to shame women going after another person who shamed a woman.

This is the best we have?

As for Machodo herself, there are lots of interesting claims about her many of which do not concern us as far as the Presidential race is concerned.

Two things about her do.

1) Machodo told this to People Magazine this year:

“It was very humiliating. I felt really bad, like a lab rat. It had turned into a circus, the joke of ‘The Fat Miss Universe.’ A joke that caused me a lot of pain,” Machado says now. “Long after, I was sick with eating disorders. I wouldn’t eat, and would still see myself as fat, because a powerful man had said so.”

Recounting events before she even met Trump or became Miss Universe, Marchodo said:

I was anorexic and bulimic, but almost all of us are,” Machado says without so much as a blink. “When I was preparing for Miss Universe, it was an obsession for me to not gain weight. By the time I won, I was actually recovering. But the year leading to it, I didn’t eat at all. And whatever I ate, I threw up. I weighed 116 pounds when I won. I was skeletal.”

The three weeks of events leading to the Universe pageant were torture, she says, because of all the meals she had to dodge. “There were lunches and dinners and just food and more food. I had to pretend to have headaches and menstrual cramps and anything I could think of to not come down from my hotel room.”

According to American Medical Association charts, she was nine pounds below a healthy weight when she won. In fact, it was when her weight was reported to have started ballooning, and the rumors started flying about her losing her crown if she didn’t drop some weight, that she actually was within the healthy range.

People with anorexia and bulimia struggle with the disease all their lives. In that she acknowledges she had the eating disorders before the Miss Universe pageant, it means her claim that Trump drove her to the eating disorders is false.

2) Machado became a US citizen this year. Yet according to this site (translated here) Machodo owes back taxes of over $4000.00 to the US.

The back taxes becomes an issue when one sees this:

Applications for U.S. citizenship (or naturalization) can be denied for a variety of reasons. While the naturalization process can be long and confusing, it is helpful if green card holders seeking citizenship are aware of the following four common application issues and how U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) addresses them.

1.Taxes

If USCIS discovers that an applicant owes back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), his or her application for citizenship will likely be denied. However, tax issues are not an automatic bar to naturalization. Applicants who can show that they’re making an effort to resolve their tax issues (for example, by enrolling in an IRS payment plan) may still be eligible for naturalization. USCIS has discretion when making this decision and considers whether the applicant entered into a payment plan voluntarily and then made an effort to become current. As a result, it’s a good idea to contact the IRS and work to resolve any tax issues that you might have as soon as possible.

Why would Machodo be allowed to become a US citizen if she owed back taxes that were not voluntarily paid?

Could it be that allowing her to be a US Citizen pushes the narrative of Trump attacking a US citizen over weight issues?

We don’t know and to some extent, we don’t care.

The bottom line to us is that you have three people – Clinton, Trump and Machodo – involved in some weird triangle where the optics and not the facts are being argued.

The biggest thing that all three have in common is that when people wanted and expected them to be silent and do the right thing, all three did nothing but open their mouths.



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