Clawson: Trump Claims He ‘Barely Knew Alicia Machado’ and Also Saved Her Job

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Alicia Machado

Reprinted from The Daily Kos by Laura Clawson on September 29, 2016.

“Donald Trump is still talking about former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, and what he’s saying is still not ‘I’m sorry,’” writes Laura Clawson in The Daily Kos. “Trump talked to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Wednesday night, and tried to make himself out to be the hero who stepped in to defend Machado, despite barely even having met 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. ‘I had nothing to do with this person, but they wanted to fire her. I saved her job because I said, “That’s gonna be ruinous.” And I’ve done that with a number of the young ladies, where I saved their job.’

“’I had nothing to do with’ the young woman I forced to work out in front of a room full of reporters. ‘All the time I spoke to her, it was probably less than five minutes’—against the series of detailed stories Machado has told about her interactions with Trump.

“But about Trump’s claim that ‘I’ve done that with a number of the young ladies, where I saved their job.’ The Los Angeles Times has an interesting story about the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, and specifically about allegations in a labor lawsuit. …

The Daily Kos 9/29

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