In a report on HLN’s “Showbiz Tonight,” the Republican presidential nominee told a reporter that Kardashian “has gotten a little bit large.” That comment came after the reporter asked Trump his thoughts about Kardashian, a fellow rich person, having a baby shower gift registry. During Kardashian’s pregnancy, there had been some controversy over the fact that the reality star was asking for gifts.
Trump had no qualms about that and instead decided to turn to Kardashian’s appearance.
“She’s a nice person. I’ve known her over the years. She’s really a nice person,” he said. “She’s gotten a little bit large. I would say this, I don’t think you should dress like you weigh 120 pounds.”
The show flashed a photo of Kardashian wearing a tight-fitting leather skirt and cream-colored top.
The reporter stopped Trump, and asked incredulously: “Why not? She feels good about herself?”
Perhaps realizing he had put his foot in his mouth — or maybe he was feeling charitable — Trump replied with conviction: “I think that’s great. If she feels great about herself, do it Kim.”
Although “Showbiz Tonight” was canceled in 2014, Trump’s comments on women’s bodies is nothing new.
On Monday, Trump was criticized during the presidential debate by Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who called him out for calling women “dogs” and “pigs.”
Clinton ended Monday’s debate by bringing up Alicia Machado, whom Trump ridiculed 20 years ago for gaining weight after she won the Miss Universe crown in 1996. At the time, Trump was an executive producer of the pageant, and he insisted on taking Machado to a gym to work out in front of dozens of reporters and cameramen for a TV segment.
“This is somebody who likes to eat,” Trump said from inside the gym. He also called Machado, then 18 and who is Latina, “Miss Piggy and Miss Housekeeping.”
On Tuesday, post-debate, Trump made the rounds and did not apologize for his comments. Instead, he amplified them.
“She gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem,” a defiant Trump told Fox News.