CNN’s Anderson Cooper on his own show Tuesday took on an interview with former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, the woman Hillary Clinton claimed Donald Trump called “Miss Piggy.” The former model and Clinton supporter bashed Trump for his rhetoric in regards to her gaining weight.
However, the interview soon turned sour when Cooper questioned Machado about allegations that Machado acted as an accomplice to a 1998 shooting of attempted murder, as well as threatening to kill a judge presiding over the case in her native country Venezuela. In the city of Cadacras, she acted as the driver for her boyfriend, who was the shooter attempting to kill disgruntled family members.
Cooper’s hardline question to Machado:
“You said that the Trump campaign will try to discredit you. 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. 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.”
The question clearly caught Machado off guard, forcing her to give an unconvincing lame duck 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, 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. And he can use whatever he wants to use. The point is, that happened 20 years ago.”