The first Presidential Debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, shed light on each of the candidate’s views on topics such as America’s direction, securing the country, and Alicia Machado. That’s right, Alicia Machado.
In the debate, which was moderated by Lester Holt, Clinton brought up the story of the Venezuelan beauty queen who won Miss Universe in 1996 and reminded audiences of Trump’s previous comments on women.
“One of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest – he loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them – and he called this woman ‘Miss Piggy,’ then he called her ‘Miss Housekeeping’ because she was Latina. Donald, she has a name. Her name is Alicia Machado. And she has become a US citizen and you can bet she is going to vote this November,” Clinton stated.
Following the discussion, things have been looking pretty good for the Democratic Party.
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In fact, Google searches for “voter registration” have surged since the first debate, with the highest rates taking place in Hispanic areas like Texas, California, Nevada, Arizona and Florida, according the The New York Times. The Times also notes that just a month before the first debate, registration searches were highest in the predominantly white, Northern states.
They are calling this strong connection between the Hispanic population and recent voter registration searchers “The Alicia Machado Effect.”
After the debate, Machado became a trending topic on the Internet and appeared on renowned TV networks such as NBC, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, Univision and more.
Although Google Trends data does not necessarily confirm that there will be a huge wave of Latinos registering to vote, The Times states that “newly register voters have tended to be more Hispanic than in past years.”
Learn more about “The Alicia Machado Effect” here.
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