Trump called 'Ms. Housekeeping'

Meet Alicia Machado, the pageant queen Trump called 'Ms. Housekeeping'


Monday night's presidential debate marked the first time a woman stood behind the podium on the main presidential stage.

For Alicia Machado, who watched the debate from the audience at Hofstra University,  the night was already a meaningful one — as a new U.S. citizen, November will be her first experience casting a vote. And that was before Hillary Clinton invoked her story onstage.

"One of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest," Clinton said, responding to Donald Trump's claims that she didn't have the "stamina" to be president. "He loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them. And he called this woman 'Miss Piggy.' Then he called her 'Miss Housekeeping,' because she was Latina."

"Donald, she has a name," Clinton continued. "Her name is Alicia Machado. And she has become a U.S. citizen, and you can bet she's going to vote this November."

Machado was crowned Miss Universe in 1996, winning the pageant that Trump formerly owned. In an interview with Inside Edition earlier this year, Machado described how he called her "Miss Piggy" and an "eating machine," resulting in her ongoing struggles with depression and eating disorders.

“After that episode, I was sick, anorexia and bulimia for five years,” she said. “Over the past 20 years, I’ve gone to a lot of psychologists to combat this.”

Congratulations on becoming a U.S. citizen, Alicia. Enjoy casting that vote. https://t.co/jewmwZrrOA

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 20, 2016

Machado spoke more about Trump on the TODAY show Wednesday morning, telling Natalie Morales that his name-calling was "really normal for him, in that moment."

“You know, with 18-year-olds, when you are growing up, that was horrible for me,” the Venezuelan native said. “My self-esteem (was) on the floor.

.@machadooficial tells @nmoralesnbc Trump's use of names like "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping" was "really normal." pic.twitter.com/iv0b4Yrq9r

She also echoed Clinton's debate comments about how Trump is cruel to women in an interview with ThinkProgress in June. “He made me feel small,” she said. “He threatened me, treated me rudely. He called me ‘Ms. Housekeeping’ in front of his friends.”

“He hates girls,” she continued. “He considers girls to be less. We have another status, to him.”

The debate wasn't the first time Machado and Clinton connected to work against Trump. The 39-year-old former beauty queen, who was born in Venezuela, publicly campaigned for the Democratic candidate this summer, sharing her story about how she was motivated by Trump's presidential campaign to apply for U.S. citizenship

“It was like a great monster reappearing in my life,” she said. “In the beginning, I thought there was no way this loco will ever win. But after the primaries I realized I need to vote. I can’t invite my community to step up if I won’t do it myself.”

In speeches, she encourages green card holders — like she once was — to apply for citizenship to vote against Trump.

Appearing on Fox & Friends the morning after the debate, Trump doubled down on his comments about Machado.

"I know that person. That person was a Miss Universe person," he said. "And she was the worst we ever had, the worst, the absolute worst, she was impossible."

"She gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem. We had a real problem. Not only that, her attitude."

Watch Machado tell her story in a Clinton campaign video below.

Donald Trump called her "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping."

Source: USA Today


Monday night's presidential debate marked the first time a woman stood behind the podium on the main presidential stage.