Alicia Machado said she doesn’t think Donald Trump is the right person to be president.
The former Miss Universe — who has made multiple headlines after Hillary Clinton brought up her name during the first presidential debate — said she became bulimic and anorexic after Trump teased her about the weight she gained months after she won the crown.But during an interview on “The Kelly File” Tuesday, Megyn Kelly questioned Machado about a quote she gave to the Washington Post in 1997 about her eating disorders — where she said she had them before the pageant.
“The Trump campaign can’t really deny that he harassed you over your weight, because it’s on camera many times,” Kelly said. “They seem to be denying the specific charges Hillary leveled, which is the language of ‘Miss Piggy’ and ‘Miss Housekeeping.'”
“You said, as a result of what he said to you, you developed an eating disorder of bulimia and anorexia, but you had said publicly at the time that you suffered from both of those eating disorders prior to the Miss Universe contest,” Kelly said.
“No, no, never, never,” Machado cut in. “I never had any problem before the pageant.”
“This is from the Washington Post,” Kelly said. “This quote is from you: ‘I was anorexic and bulimic but almost all of us are…When I was preparing for Miss Universe, it was an obsession for me to not gain weight. By the time I won, I was actually recovering. But the year leading to it, I didn’t eat at all. And whatever I ate, I threw up. I weighed 116 pounds when I won. I was skeletal.'”
Machado, who is now a citizen and plans to vote for Clinton, denied the quote.
“No, I’m sorry, but that was not true,” Machado responded. “Maybe in that moment, they — the company, Miss Universe, and in specific, this person — they manipulated a lot of information about me.”