Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton scored a huge blow against Republican presidential nominee in their first debate on Sept. 26 when she brought up Trump's insults about Miss Universe 1996, Alicia Machado. Trump doubled down on his insults of Machado on Sept. 27 (video below).
Trump called into "Fox and Friends," with his comments:
You know, I know that person. That person was a Miss Universe person. And she was the worst we ever had, the worst, the absolute worst, she was impossible. And she was a Miss Universe contestant, and ultimately a winner whom they had a tremendously difficult time with as Miss Universe. She was the winner and she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem.
During the debate, Clinton discussed Trump's treatment of Machado:
And one of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest -- 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. Her name is Alicia Machado. And she has become a U.S. citizen and you can bet she is going to vote this November.
The Clinton campaign released a video featuring Machado defending herself, notes NPR: "He was very overwhelming. I was very scared of him. He'd yell at me all the time. He'd tell me, 'You look ugly' or 'You look fat.' Sometimes he'd 'play' with me and say 'Hello Miss Piggy, hello Miss Housekeeping.'"
Machado said she was not paid a promised 10 percent for her work and commercials during her reign as Miss Universe.
The Clinton video also shows Trump telling the media at the time: "She weighed 118 pounds, or 117 pounds, and she went up to 160 or 170. So this is somebody who likes to eat."
"It was very humiliating," Machado said.
"CBS This Morning" aired a segment on Sept. 27 that featured pollster Frank Luntz and a focus group of decided and undecided Pennsylvania voters who evaluated the debate.
Sixteen voters signaled that Clinton impacted their vote, while six went for Trump.
The voters described Trump's performance in the debate as "strong start, weak finish," "missed opportunities," "bombastic," "not presidential" and "sloppy."
One voter said about Clinton and her emails: "She at least went up ahead and said that she takes responsibility for doing something wrong, whereas he just, again, just continued to deny any wrongdoing."
A black female voter added: "Trump impacted my vote in favor of Hillary because he was completely offensive. He lost me on the racial unity, and that’s where I draw the line."