DISGUSTING

Trump’s antidote to insomnia seems to be misogynistic Twitter rants

Obsession
2016
Obsession
2016

Donald Trump must have had some trouble sleeping last night. And like many of us who find ourselves lying awake in the pre-dawn darkness, he apparently picked up his phone.

Early this morning, Sept. 30, around 5 am, the Republican presidential candidate went on a Twitter rant against Hillary Clinton and former Miss Universe Alicia Machado.

Machado is a former Miss Universe and Miss Venezuela who his rival, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, brought up in the first presidential debate, Sept. 26, and featured in a campaign ad. Clinton and Machado say that as head of the Miss Universe Pageant, Trump insulted Machado. After she gained some weight following her crowning as Miss Universe, he allegedly called her “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping.”

Trump’s tweets are troubling for a few reasons.

Trump began by labeling Machado “my worst Miss U” and “a con.” He also questioned Machado’s morals, calling her “disgusting,” and referencing a “sex tape.”

Rumors that the beauty queen had starred in a pornographic films, first of all, do not appear to be true. Machado was part of a risqué encounter while a contestant on a Spanish reality TV show, and she posed topless in Playboy magazine.

And bringing up the rumor of a sex tape is reckless and dangerous. Such tapes—real and fictional—are often an instrument of revenge porn, used to shame and target women, and they have pushed women to extreme and sometimes tragic responses.

But beyond that, it’s particularly crass and disgraceful that he thinks it’s fine to call a woman “disgusting” because of her sexual conduct or her involvement in adult films. It’s not. It’s also not fine to call a woman disgusting because she’s breastfeeding, or because she’s a political adversary—though that hasn’t stopped Trump doing so, time and again.

On Instagram, Machado replied to Trump with a post in Spanish, featuring a photo of herself draped in an American flag. She described his criticism of her as part of a pattern of denigrating women:

“Through his hate campaign, the Republican candidate insists on discrediting and demoralizing a woman, which is definitely one of the most terrifying features,” she writes, as translated by Esquire. “With this, he seeks to distract attention from his real problems and his inability to pretend to be the leader of this great country.”

She pledged to “keep standing, sharing my story, my absolute support for Mrs. Clinton on behalf of women, my sisters, aunts, grandmothers, cousins, friends and female community.”

"El candidato republicano y su equipo de campaña nuevamente están generando ataques, insultos e intentando revivir difamaciones y falsas acusaciones sobre mi vida. Todo eso con la finalidad de intimidarme, humillarme y desequilibrarme una vez más. Los ataques que han surgido son calumnias y mentiras baratas generadas con malas intenciones, que no tienen fundamento que han sido difundidas por medios amarillistas. Ésta, por supuesto, no es la primera vez que enfrento una situación así. Por medio de su campaña de odio, el candidato republicano insiste en desacreditar y desmoralizar a una mujer, lo que definitivamente es una de sus características más aterradoras. Con esto, busca distraer la atención de sus reales problemas y de su incapacidad para pretender ser el líder de este gran país. Cuando era apenas una jovencita, el ahora candidato, me humilló, me insultó, me irrespetó públicamente, como lo hacía usualmente de forma privada de la forma más cruel. Así como esto me pasó a mí, es claro a través de los años, que sus acciones y conductas se han repetido con otras mujeres durante décadas. Por lo tanto, seguiré de pie, compartiendo mi historia, mi apoyo absoluto a la señora Clinton en nombre de las mujeres, de mis hermanas, tías, abuelas, primas, amigas y la comunidad femenina. A mis latinas y en general, quiero agradecerles todo el apoyo, el amor y el respeto, a mi carrera, a mi persona como ser humano y a mi familia. Yo me hice ciudadana de este gran país porque aquí nació mi hija y porque quería ejercer todos mis derechos, entre ellos votar. Continuaré de pie, firme en mi experiencia vivida como Miss Universo y ustedes conmigo apoyándome. He estado tan complacida por tantas palabras amables, por tanto amor. Yo estoy centrándome en mi ocupada carrera, en mi labor de madre y voy a seguir dando pasos positivos para la comunidad latina, seguiré como activista en pro de los derechos de la mujer y el respeto que nos merecemos. Aprecio todo su amor y todo su apoyo nuevamente, gracias". Miles de bendiciones.

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