Hillary Clinton brought her ad about Donald Trump body shaming to life on Tuesday, explaining to a teenage girl at a campaign event in Haverford, Pennsylvania, that she plans to stand up to attacks against women’s appearances.
Clinton, who was joined by daughter Chelsea Clinton for a Q&A moderated by Pitch Perfect star Elizabeth Banks, promised that she’d work to help girls and women circumvent “the pressure” to look perfect, saying the issue is something she’s “passionate about.”
“My opponent has just taken this concern to a new level of difficulty and meanness, and, you know, it’s shocking when women are called names and judged solely on the basis of physical attributes,” Clinton told the gathered crowd at the Haverford Community Recreation and Environmental Center. A 15-year-old had asked how the former secretary of state would “help girls understand they’re more than what they look like.”
Asserted Clinton of Trump’s attacks against former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, “We need to laugh at it, we need to refute it, we need to ignore it and we need to stand up to it.”
Clinton, 68, used Trump’s past criticisms of Machado during the first presidential debate to prove his history of body shaming women.
He allegedly called the then-teenage Machado “Miss Piggy” when she put on weight after winning the title in 1996.
Trump doubled down on the comments later last week on Twitter, writing that Machado was his “worst Miss U.”
“My opponent insulted Miss Universe … how do you get more acclaimed than that?” Clinton asked, Tuesday.
She added, “There are too many women online who are being bullied about how they look … the pressure of being talked about that way leads some young women to try to hurt themselves. We have to got be as clear as possible: you are more than the way you look.”
Clinton asked the audience to be “proud” of who they are and lend support to other women and girls in doing the same.
The Democratic nominee’s daughter also noted that schools need support in “feeling a responsibility in teaching anti-bullying and pro-social behaviors.”
During the Q&A, Clinton also touched on gun control, police violence, college debt and children’s health care. Later Tuesday, Clinton will hold an organizing event in Harrisburg.