Former Miss Universe and Miss Venezuela Alicia Machado has become one of Hillary Clinton’s most high profile surrogates in recent days. During Monday’s debate, the Democratic nominee charged that Donald Trump referred to the ex-beauty queen as “Miss Piggy” after she gained over 50 pounds following her 1996 victory in the Miss Universe Pageant.
Today, the Clinton campaign might be kicking themselves today for its less-than-thorough vetting of the former beauty queen.
In the past 48-hours, it’s been revealed that Machado was at one time accused of being an accessory to murder in her home country of Venezuela, having allegedly driven a getaway car from the scene of the grizzly 1998 murder of her boyfriend’s brother-in-law. In addition, Machado also allegedly threatened to kill the judge presiding over the case when the murder went to trial.
The Daily Mail reports:
In January 1998, the Associated Press revealed that Machado had been accused in court documents in Cadacras of driving her boyfriend from the scene of a shooting. […] A judge indicted her boyfriend, described by Reuters as ‘a 26-year-old graphic designer with movie star good looks’ – and police mounted a series of raids to find him, to no avail.
It was not the end of the affair.
A month later the judge went on national television to allege that Machado had threatened to kill him if he indicted Sbert.
Judge Maximiliano Fuenmayor said on national television that she threatened ‘to ruin my career as a judge and … kill me’, the Associated Press reported.
When asked about the accusations by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Machado failed to even deny them.
“You said that the Trump campaign will try to discredit you,” Anderson Cooper said to Machado. “There are reports that Trump surrogates tonight have been referencing and pointing to on CNN and elsewhere about an incident in 1998 in Venezuela, where you were accused of driving a getaway car from a murder scene.”
“You were never charged with this,” he continued. “The judge in the case also said you threatened to kill him after he indicted your boyfriend for the attempted murder. I just want to give you a chance to address these reports that the Trump surrogates are talking about.”
“He can say whatever he wants to say. I don’t care,” Machado responded. “You know, I have my past, of course. Everybody has a past, and I’m not a saint girl, but that is not the point now.”
“That moment in Venezuela was wrong, was another speculation about my life because I’m a really famous person in my country because I’m an actress there and in Mexico, too,” she continued. “And he can use whatever he wants to use. The point is, that happened 20 years ago.” (h/t The Daily Caller)
Machado wasn’t joking. She’s no saint.
In addition to having allegedly descended into a life of crime following her beauty pageant victory in 1996, it also appears that Machado had borne the child of a notorious Mexican drug kingpin known as “el Indio”, leader of the “Los Negros” drug cartel. (image below)
In January of 2011 McClatchy reported:
Machado, a Mexico City resident, found herself in the news again when a report from a secret witness under federal protection that claimed she was involved with Gerardo Alvarez Vazquez, an accused kingpin known as “El Indio,” or “The Indian,” filtered out to Mexican media.
The witness asserted that Machado had borne Alvarez’s daughter, Dinorah, in 2008 and that several drug lords from the Beltran Leyva gang came to the baptism.
Hillary Clinton was tweeting Machado’s story as recently as Tuesday in an effort to paint Trump as anti-woman:
Trump on Alicia, 1996: “Miss Piggy.”
This morning: “She gained a massive amount of weight…it was a real problem.” pic.twitter.com/0wrISjJe6z
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 27, 2016
Will Mrs. Clinton disavow Machado?