Donald Trump had just taken over the pageant, and fought to deal with the fallout.
Hillary Clinton has, for months, planned to use that episode against him, training Machado for the attack. Here are the facts.
1. Trump fought to save Machado’s Miss Universe title, and her job.
What is a sensitive feminist male boss supposed to do if a female employee — hired, again, for her appearance — gains a large amount of weight? He is supposed to defend her job. And that is exactly what Trump did, urging the pageant not to fire her, and appearing with her at a gym to offer support. In an excerpt from his book The Art of the Comeback, Rush Limbaughnoted Thursday, Trump recalled the episode: