Donald Trump does everything wrong during "Fox & Friends" interview the morning after the first presidential debate

Republican nominee insists former Miss Universe Alicia Machado's "massive" weight gain "was a real problem"

Published September 27, 2016 1:45PM (EDT)

Donald Trump called in to "Fox & Friends" Tuesday morning to reflect on the previous night's presidential debate with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and congratulate himself for not bringing up Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky.

"She hit me at the end with the women," Trump said, referring to Clinton characterizing him as a misogynist for insulting Rosie O'Donnell and others. "I was going to hit her with her husband's women, and I decided I shouldn't do it." Trump added, "I didn't feel comfortable doing it with [the Clintons' daughter] Chelsea in the room. I think Chelsea's a fine young lady."

Trump showed less restraint in addressing former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, who claims the real estate mogul berated her for her physical appearance. Machado is featured in an ad for the Clinton campaign, in which she said Trump called her "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping":

"She was the worst we ever had. The worst. The absolute worst. She was impossible," Trump said of the Venezuelan-born actress who in May became a U.S. citizen and says she plans to vote for Clinton in November. "She was the winner and, you know, she gained a massive amount of weight and it was a real problem."

The GOP nominee called moderator Lester Holt's questions "very unfair," but gave him a C to C-plus grade overall.

"Lester was really good for the [first] half because he was bringing up general and main subjects that were important," Trump said. "And then, at the end, they start bringing up 45-year-old lawsuits."

"I thought he was fine . . . nothing outstanding," he continued when asked about Holt's overall performance. "I thought he gave me very unfair questions at the end . . . but I'm not complaining about that."

Shortly after the debate on Monday night, however, Trump told CNNMoney that he "thought Lester did a great job," adding, "I thought it was very fair."

By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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