Hillary’s Beauty Queen Victim Ain’t No Saint

During the Presidential Debate Monday night, Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told the story of a former Miss Universe who had allegedly been victimized by Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Hillary Clinton claimed the 1996 Miss Universe, Alicia Machado was brutalized by Trump after she gained weight during her reign. Trump had just become co-owner of the Miss Universe organization when the alleged verbal abuse occurred.

“And he called this woman ‘Miss Piggy.’ Then he called her ‘Miss Housekeeping,’ because she was Latina,” Clinton claimed. “Donald, she has a name: Her name is Alicia Machado. … She has become a U.S. citizen, and you can bet she’s going to vote this November.” UPDATE: Machado was just granted U.S. citizenship on August 19, 2016. A new twist to pay-for-play perhaps?

On Tuesday, following the debate, The New York Times jumped in the anti-Trump push with a story about how “for 20 years,” Machado lived with the “agony” of winning the Miss Universe title and its aftermath: the “shame” for “gaining weight.”

STATING THE OBVIOUS

I would just like to state the obvious here for those who may not GET IT – IF someone like Gisele Bundchen, one of the most recognized and highest-paid models on the planet were to gain 30 or 40 pounds while under contract, what do you think would happen?

You see, when it comes to reigning beauty queens on the scale of Miss America or Miss Universe, there are certain obligations to to that title.

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Now, while I don’t think she looks bad or like Miss Piggy, it IS obvious that she is NOT the same IMAGE that won the crown. This image is her when she was crowned Miss Universe in 1996 and then when she was passing on the crown in 1997. You HAVE to admit there is an obvious, and considerable weight gain during that year.

Again, Reigning Queens, LIKE Fashion Models HAVE an obligation to their title and their contract.

Now, back to the story… you know, that part that was mysteriously absent from Hillary Clinton’s version…

In 1998, Machado was accused of driving her boyfriend “from the scene of a shooting,” and the Associated Press later reported a Venezuelan judge, Judge Maximiliano Fuenmayor, said “a former Miss Universe threatened to kill him after he indicted her boyfriend for attempted murder.”

The first AP report published in the Lawrence Journal-World, details the shooting of Francisco Sbert Moukso.

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The report continued, “Sbert’s family believes the victim was shot by his brother-in-law, Juan Rodriguez Reggeti, because he believed Sbert drove his sister to commit suicide.”

According to witness reports, Machado, 21, was the person seen driving the getaway car. Machado was then identified as “the former Miss Universe who attracted international attention by reportedly gaining more than 30 pounds after being crowned.”

Apparently social media bloodhounds, myself included, blasted Anderson Cooper (I also included Erin Burnett because she was talking up the interview during her show) with tips prior to his show last night where it was advertised that Alicia Machado was going to make a guest appearance.

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ALICIA MACHADO ON ANDERSON COOPER

To the credit of Anderson Cooper, he DID Go There!

Last night, Cooper did ask Alicia Machado about reports that divulge details of an incident in 1998, in Venezuela, where Alicia Machado was driving the getaway car from a murder scene in which she was never charged, and where the judge in the case has said she had threatened to kill him after he indicted her boyfriend for the murder.

Alicia Machado Response:

“He can say whatever he wants to say. I don’t care. You know, I have my past. Of course, everybody has a past. Everybody has a past. I’m no saint girl. But that is not a point now. That moment in Venezuela was wrong. It was another speculation about my life because I’m a really famous person in my country, because I am an actress there, and in Mexico too. And he can use whatever he wants to use. The point is, that happened 20 years ago.”

AGAIN, STATING THE OBVIOUS

As I have seen over the last 14 months since I declared myself an Ex-Democrat, many Democrat’s or mostly Hillary and her supporters like to point the finger without realizing there are three fingers pointing back at themselves.

Alicia Machado It is perfectly fine for her to bring up comments that Donald Trump made BEFORE (1996-1997) her own brush with the law in 1998, and try everything under the sun to demoralize and degrade Mr. Trump, but when someone brings up her involvement in a murder plot and attempted murder, she brushes it off and says “That moment in Venezuela was wrong.”

CNN NEW DAY

This morning, CNN is doing everything they can to get the monkey OFF the back of Alicia Machado and back on the back of Donald Trump. Kayleigh McEnany pointed out that during the Machado interview she DID in fact ADMIT guilt and the judge had made his own public statements. Christine Quinn was quick to interrupt, like she always does, and said the Machado comments “were NOT an admission.”

Watch that video of the interview and see for yourself. Machado DID admit guilt. She said, word-for-word, “You know, I have my past. Of course, everybody has a past. Everybody has a past. I’m no saint girl. But that is not a point now. That moment in Venezuela was wrong.”

Gayla – Follow Me @Gayla

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Secret Service Pays Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for Travel Expenses

trump force one secret service expenses fecI’ve noticed a few people who have gotten their panties in a wad recently over a recent Newsweek article: Secret Service Paying Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Campaign: Report

Since I know most people rarely make it beyond the headline, a picture and hateful comments shared by their buddies on Facebook, I thought I would dig in, do a little fact checking and truth finding on the topic.

Here’s what I’ve found:

It IS standard practice for Secret Service, which is tasked with protecting presidential candidates as well as presidents and other federal officials, to reimburse presidential campaigns for the cost of traveling with the candidates. The government’s practice of reimbursing campaigns for costs mounted by their Secret Service details goes back to when campaigns were lower-budget affairs, the logic being candidates shouldn’t have to use their own resources on required security.

Federal Election Commission records show that Secret Service has paid the Trump campaign roughly $1.6 million to cover the cost of flying its agents with the candidate on a plane owned and operated by one of his companies. Secret Service has also reimbursed the Clinton campaign approximately $2.6 million for the same time period, but for about half the actual flying time or use.

If Hillary traveled nearly as much as Donald Trump does or campaigned half as hard, can you imagine what her bill would be?

Most people are upset that Trump does own his own plane, so why are taxpayers paying his company for Secret Service. Well, that’s because it is required. Never mind that use of his own plane REDUCES the cost to taxpayers to the tune of $1 million PLUS.

A typical flight with this particular 757 costs about $16,877 an hour for fuel and other variable costs.

The Trump Campaign pays his jet-management company for the aircraft under an arrangement worked out with the Federal Election Commission. The FEC requires campaigns using aircraft owned by the candidate or their associates to report it as an in-kind gift, and requires campaigns to reimburse plane owners for costs including fuel, crew services and a share of the maintenance.

Because Mr. Trump’s campaign is largely self-financed, he is in effect reimbursing himself for use of his planes and that doesn’t sit well with Hillary supporters. But you know, when I compare the numbers, I don’t see much for people to bitch about his bill is half the cost for twice the time, maybe more – after all, she has been quite sick lately.  

If you have a problem with the FEC requirements, that’s something you need to take up with your choice politicians.

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