In a phone interview with the Steve Harvey Morning Show Wednesday, President Barack Obama said that Donald Trump “basically insulted women and then doubled down” by bringing up a former Miss Universe’s weight in an post-debate interview.
“You had somebody who basically insulted women and then doubled down I think this morning in terms of how he talks about them and talks about their weight and talks about, you know, how they look instead of the content of their character and their capabilities,” Obama said, “which is not somebody that I want in the Oval Office.”
During Monday night’s presidential debate, Hillary Clinton pointed to Alicia Machado’s experience as Miss Universe, whose parent company Trump bought in 1996, as an example of Trump’s sexism. After Machado won the pageant in 1996, Trump made a public show of forcing her to lose weight.
Appearing on “Fox and Friends” Tuesday morning, Trump justified his 20-year-old behavior by saying that Machado “gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem.”