Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, right, acknowledge the crowd during a campaign rally at the Sharonville Convention Center, Wednesday, July 6, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP)

Newt Gingrich defends Donald Trump's fat-shaming comments against Alicia Machado: "You're not supposed to gain 60 pounds"

Gingrich thinks Trump had every right to call the former Miss Universe "Miss Piggy"


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Jeremy Binckes
September 29, 2016 6:27PM (UTC)

Donald Trump has not had a great week. While falling apart during the second half of Monday night's presidential debate against Hillary Clinton, the GOP nominee was baited into addressing his previous comments against Alicia Machado, a former Miss Universe whom Trump called "Miss Piggy." The next day, Trump joined a welcoming family on "Fox & Friends" and drunk uncle'd himself, saying that she "gained a massive amount of weight and it was a real problem.”

Machado, a Hillary Clinton supporter who has good reason to resent Trump, has pounded the mogul throughout the week. Donald Trump, in need of an ally, had former House speaker Newt Gingrich come to defend him.

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Facing a fire of outrage, Gingrich, who has gone through as many wives as Trump, brought his finest bottle of 89-octane gasoline.

On Wednesday night, Gingrich defended Trump by saying essentially that he had every right to call Machado fat because she did get fat.

"You’re not supposed to gain 60 pounds during the year that you’re Miss Universe," Gingrich said, according to Politico. Gingrich was speaking in front of the Log Cabin Republicans, a group devoted to representing LGBT conservatives and allies.

Trump also defended his comments on Wednesday night, telling Fox News' Bill O'Reilly that he "saved her job because they wanted to fire her for putting on so much weight." Trump commented that despite wanting to save her job, he never really spoke to her.

"I'll bet you if you put up and added up all the time I spoke to her, it was probably less than five minutes," he said, according to Talking Points Memo. "I had nothing to do with this person."

Below is a video of some of the five minutes Trump spent with her, talking about her weight.

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Jeremy Binckes

Jeremy Binckes is the senior news editor at Salon.com.

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