In the situation Donald Trump is in with former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, any media professional or really anyone with a conscience would say this: “We quarreled many years ago. It’s in the past. I truly wish her the best.” Done and done.
But just an hour ago Trump went on O’Reilly to again trash Machado, now saying that he saved her job, gave her a shot at not being fat and this is the thanks he gets. Yes, he really said that. “You know, they wanted to fire her. The company itself wanted to fire her. I saved her job … I saved her job because I said that’s going to — I did that with a number of young ladies. The staff itself [wanted to fire her]. Look what happened. Look what I get out of it. I get nothing. A lot of things are coming out about her.”
Full Transcript after the jump …
[Note: This is a rush transcript. ]
OREILLY: Other avenue they are going to come after you is the women card. They are going to say that you are a mean guy and you don’t respect women. Do you have anything further to say on this Miss Universe thing?
TRUMP: 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.
OREILLY: Do you think that was a cheap shot by secretary Clinton to bring that up?
TRUMP: 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.