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Trump allegedly cut off Miss Universe women of color if "there were too many"

A new excerpt from the next book Russian roulette: the internal history of Putin's war in America and the Donald Trump's election alleges that President Donald Trump vetoed contestants from his race-based Miss Universe contest.

The excerpt, published on Thursday at Mother Jones, details Trump's trip to Russia in 2013 for the Miss Universe beauty pageant. While the extract focuses primarily on Trump's business interactions in Russia, it also describes the management style he allegedly used in his contests. The book, which goes on sale March 13, is co-authored by Michael Isikoff, a Yahoo News research correspondent, and David Corn, head of the Mother Jones office in Washington. (Yahoo News is owned by HuffPost's parent company, Oath.)

According to Isikoff and Corn's research, Trump always had the final word on who won the contest. The authors say that Trump often vetoed contestants of color when he thought there were too many.

A day or two before the Miss Universe 2013 contest, Trump supposedly reviewed the participants and chose who they wanted to be in the final round.

"In short, no woman was a finalist until Trump said it," write Isikoff and Corn.

According to a staff member, Trump would "shoot the finalists" that the judges had chosen and replace them with women he preferred. The contenders he used to throw, the employee said, were women of color:

"If there were too many women of color, he would make changes," a member later noted. of Miss Universe. Another employee of Miss Universe recalled: "I often thought that a woman was too ethnic or very dark skinned. He had a particular type of woman who thought he was a winner. Others were too ethnic. He liked a guy. There were Olivia Culpo, Dayanara Torres [the 1993 winner] and, without surprise, the women of Eastern Europe. " At times, according to this staff member, Trump would reject a woman "who had rejected his advances."

A Miss Universe employee told Isikoff and Corn that if Trump did not like a contestant "because she seemed too ethnic," he could sometimes be persuaded "by telling her that she was a princess and was married to a soccer player." . "

Multiple former Miss Universe contestants have accused Trump of entering their locker rooms without prior notice. Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado said in 2016 that Trump once referred to her as "Miss Piggy," "Miss Housekeeping" and "a food machine."

In 2016, former Miss Teen USA winner Kamie Crawford said she was warned that "Trump does not like blacks." She said she saw Trump turn his back on a black Miss Universe contestant who was rehearsing on stage and "[make] a face like he was going to throw up when he saw her."

Trump has a long history of racist comments and actions, including the refusal to condemn white supremacists who campaigned for him and refers to Mexican immigrants as "criminals" and "rapists." The president has also been accused of sexual misconduct, ranging from harassment to assault and rape, by 21 women.

Go to Mother Jones to read the complete excerpt from the book.

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