After Monday’s presidential debate between Mr. Donald Trump and Mrs. Hillary Clinton, which was viewed by nearly 100 million people, the news media focused on how unprepared Mr. Trump was and his past repugnant comments regarding a former Miss Universe, while the Republican nominee, who’s famously a sore loser, plucked away reality to relish in victory, and, to his detriment, doubled-down, instead of disavowing, the fat-shaming of Ms. Alicia Machado, who since her crowning has “become a U.S. citizen,” that is “going to vote this November,” said Mrs. Clinton, the clear winner of the debate who was not only prepared, but, some say, over-prepared and scripted.
Mrs. Clinton, no matter her disposition that night or any night, was effective in getting the news media this week to focus squarely on Mr. Trump’s history of misogyny, to which the blustering presidential nominee from New York City shrugged off as inaccurate while, as a defense, touting his track record of appointing women to important jobs within his organization.
But, Mr. Trump didn’t regulate his commentary solely to his admirable hiring practices. He also justified his fat-shaming of Ms. Machado – Mrs. Clinton on Monday alleged he once called the pageant winner “Miss Piggy” – by saying on Tuesday morning that “she gained a massive amount of weight.”
Among the many Americans who found the past and presents remarks from Mr. Trump offensive was Democrat lawmaker Mrs. Maria Quinones-Sanchez, a proud and curvaceous Philadelphia Latina woman who as a young girl was inspired by Ms. Machado. On Thursday afternoon, in the Chambers of Philadelphia City Council, Mrs. Quinones-Sanchez made public her opinion on the matter.
“For some of you, that was the first time you heard that name,” the Councilwoman said to her colleagues. “For a young girl… for me…” she continued, “When Alicia Machado became Miss Universe… I remember thinking: now only is she gorgeous, she has a real body! And I remember being proud as Latina, who is not an average shape, thinking: wow, what an incredible woman!”
Ms. Machado had an eating disorder, said the Councilwoman, and “had to get counseling.” Yet, despite that, “there’s no place for the degrading of women,” she stated.
“This is not even about the election, this about how we treat women,” Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez added.
Thursday afternoon wasn’t the first time City Councilwoman Quinones-Sanchez denounced the rhetoric and antics of Mr. Trump. In early September, when the candidate visited Philadelphia for a private meeting with African-American leaders, the Councilwoman at a press conference held in opposition of that visit said never before has she seen a person more divisive than Mr. Trump, who “has been able to unite the hate and everything that is ugly in our democracy.”
It was at that North Philadelphia press conference – the City Council President then also spoke ill of Mr. Trump – where the Councilwoman pledged to act with urgency in registering folks to vote and then rallying them around Mrs. Clinton.
On Thursday afternoon, that pledged was renewed and today Mrs. Quinones-Sanchez will be in Reading, Allentown and other locales in Pennsylvania, encouraging Latina woman to “demand justice for Alicia Machado on Election Day.”
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