Clinton, former Miss Universe take aim at Trump

Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado tells an audience how she was “scared” of Donald Trump, while Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton says Trump “belittles women” and voters should not elect such a person to be president.

(RESTRICTED POOL) – Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is introduced by former Miss Universe Alicia Machado during a campaign stop in Dade City, Florida on Tuesday (November 1).

Machado claims Republican Donald Trump showed sexist behavior and called her “Miss Piggy” when she gained weight.

“For years afterwards I was sick fighting back eating disorders,” said Machado while on stage at the rally.

“And together we are going to say loudly and clearly ‘no Trump.’ He’s not getting away with it,” she said.

Clinton echoed Machado’s comments, saying “he is wrong about both the women and the men of this country. He has shown us who he is, let us on Tuesday show him who we are.”

“He calls women pigs, rates bodies on a scale from one to ten… I guess the bottom line is he thinks belittling women makes him a bigger man,” Clinton said.

In the first presidential debate, on Sept. 26, Clinton took aim at Trump for what she said was sexist behavior, highlighting his criticism of Alicia Machado, a former Miss Universe who he said gained too much weight, saying he called her “Miss Piggy.” Trump, who had owned the Miss Universe pageants, refused to back down from his comments about Machado, unleashing a predawn Twitter tirade about her.

Opinion polls show Clinton’s lead has narrowed slightly since early last week. It was not known if the email controversy would hurt her support.

Clinton held a 5-point lead over Trump in the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday, supported by 44 percent of likely voters, compared with Trump at 39 percent.