FLASHBACK: Leaked audio shows how Trump systematically humiliated Miss USA pageant contestants
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has done quite a good job over the past week of confirming Hillary Clinton’s charge that he’s a sexist pig.
The Daily Beast notes that, in addition to attacking a former Miss Universe and accusing Hillary Clinton of not being loyal to her husband, some leaked audio files first posted by TMZ back in 2009 show how Trump used to systematically humiliate Miss USA contestants by asking them to comment on one another’s level of attractiveness.
“The ex-reality host would oversee a pre-screening of the Miss USA contestants in revealing outfits and play his own personal game of Hot or Not, dividing the women into groups,” The Daily Beast writes. “He’d then demand that each beauty contestant name another contestant they felt was the most beautiful, and separate the contestants accordingly.”
The publication then notes that former Miss USA 2009 runner-up Carrie Prejean explained how this screening process worked in her autobiography. Not surprisingly, she describes it as a degrading process.
“We were told to put on our opening number outfits — they were nearly as revealing as our swimsuits — and line up for him on stage,” she wrote. “Donald Trump walked out with his entourage and inspected us closer than any general ever inspected a platoon. He would stop in front of a girl, look her up and down, and say, ‘Hmmm.’ Then he would go on and do the same thing to the next girl. He took notes in a little pad as he went along.”
Girls who didn’t make the cut felt completely humiliated by the whole ordeal.
“Many of the girls found this exercise humiliating,” Prejean wrote. “Some of the girls were sobbing backstage after he left, devastated to have failed even before the competition really began to impress ‘The Donald.'”
Listen to leaded audio of Trump describing his role in picking Miss USA contestants below.