"Fox & Friends" host Brian Kilmeade can't understand why Alicia Machado supports Clinton if she "can barely speak English"

What's one of the worst things you could say about the ex-Miss Universe body shamed by Donald Trump?

By Matthew Rozsa
Published November 2, 2016 7:48PM (EDT)

"Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade told his viewers on Wednesday that former Miss Universe Alicia Machado shouldn't stump for Hillary Clinton because English isn't her first language.

"Hillary Clinton, and to a degree, I think that she's getting a little desperate," he explained. "When you wheel out Alicia Machado, who can barely speak English, in Florida to plead your case not to vote for the other guy, instead of saying, 'This is what I will do as president after the fireworks show when I celebrate, this is what I'm going to do.' Instead she’s like, 'Oh you're not going to believe how bad the other guy is.' While President Obama's out there saying, 'Oh by the way if you don't vote for her, you just don't like women. You're sexist.'"

Clinton appeared with Machado at a rally in Dade City, Florida, on Tuesday, during which she recalled Trump's deliberate degradation of the pageant queen after she gained weight.

"Look at what he does. He calls women ugly, disgusting, nasty, all the time. He calls women pigs, rates bodies on a scale of 1 to 10," she said, before recalling how Trump publicly humiliated Machado in front of reporters in 1996.

"Can we just stop for a minute and reflect on the absurdity of Donald Trump finding fault with Miss Universe? But, you've got to ask, why does he do these things? Who does this? I will tell you who: a bully, that is who."

Clinton first drew attention to Machado's story during her initial presidential debate against Trump in October. Trump has admitted to publicly pressuring Machado to lose weight, while Machado recalled how Trump's use of insults like "Miss Piggy" took a severe toll on her mental health.

"After that episode, I was sick, had anorexia and bulimia for five years," she admitted. "Over the past 20 years, I've gone to a lot of psychologists to combat this."

Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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