RNC HEADQUARTERS, TRUMP TOWER – Still smarting from his humiliating loss in Monday’s debate against Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump is in a quandary.
As the owner of the Miss Universe pageant in 1996, Trump belittled pageant winner Alicia Machado, a native of Venezuela, because she gained 12 pounds after being crowned. She became a US citizen in May and has been campaigning for Hillary Clinton since June.
Trump was the owner of the Miss Universe pageant from 1996 to 2015. But NBC and Univision dropped the pageant in September when NBC canceled all business relationships with the Miss Universe Organization and with Trump in response to his comments in June 2015 about illegal immigration during his campaign for the presidency.
During the debate, Clinton astutely set up a trap for Trump by reminding viewers of his rampant sexism, pointing out that Trump called Machado Miss Piggy and Miss Housekeeping (because Machado is a Latina) and that Trump had made numerous previous disparaging remarks about women and their appearance.
Clinton had clearly gotten under The Donald’s skin, and the GOP’s presidential nominee’s body language clearly showed that he was fuming and that he could barely contain himself. He told moderator Lester Holt and the audience of 84 million TV viewers that he wanted to say “some really nasty things” but that he “didn’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings” because Clinton’s daughter Chelsea was in the audience.
Since the debate, reports on Politico and elsewhere indicate that Trump plans to attack Mrs. Clinton’s husband, former president Bill Clinton, for having extramarital affairs with Monica Lewinsky and other women.
Associate solitary reporter Johanna Jones, always adept at slipping unobserved into deliberations within the inner circle of the Trump campaign, was present moments ago when Trump met with Stephen Bannon, the Trump Campaign’s CEO.
“Sir,” Bannon began (no one is allowed to call the candidate by his first name) “you should call Sean Hannity right now and tell him that you’re gonna bring up Bill’s women.”
“And to make things even better, tell him that Machado should be stripped of her US citizenship because, after all, no one should ever disrespect you, Sir.”
Trump immediately picked up the phone and called Fox News’ Hannity. Expect a big blast from Trump today via Hannity.
As she left Trump Tower, Jones told associate solitary reporter Jeanne Smith of what she had just heard, so Smith called Venezuela’s president, Nicola Maduro, to bring him up to date. Moments later, Maduro announced that Venezuela will immediately cease all shipments of petroleum to the United States.
Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, told Huma Abedin, the campaign’s vice chair, “Huma, don’t you think that Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, where the Rosetta spacecraft just landed, would be a great place for Trump?” Abedin then called NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and asked him to make the appropriate arrangements.