A new excerpt from the next book Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the election of Donald Trump alleges that President Donald Trump vetoed contestants from his career-based Miss Universe contests.
The excerpt, published on Thursday at Mother Jones, details Trump's trip in 2013 to Russia for the Miss Universe beauty pageant. While the extract focuses mainly on Trump's business interactions in Russia, it also describes the management style he allegedly used in his shows. The book, which will be published on March 13, is co-written by Michael Isikoff, chief research correspondent for Yahoo News, 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 last word on who won the contest. The authors say that Trump often vetoed color contestants when he thought there were too many.
A day or two before the Miss Universe 2013 parade, Trump allegedly reviewed the contestants and chose who they wanted to be in the final round.
"In summary, no woman was a finalist until Trump said it," write Isikoff and Corn.
According to a staff member, Trump would "throw out the finalists" whom the judges had chosen and replace them with the women he preferred. The contestants who tended to throw, the employee said, were women of color:
"If there were too many women of color, I would make changes," a staff member later noted. of Miss Universe. Another member of Miss Universe recalled: "I often thought that a woman was too ethnic or too dark, she had a particular type of woman that he thought was a winner, others were too ethnic, he liked a guy, they were Olivia Culpo , Dayanara Torres [the 1993 winner] and, without surprise, the women of Eastern Europe. "Sometimes, according to this staff member, Trump would reject a woman" who had snubbed her advances. "
An employee of Miss Universe told Isikoff and Corn that if Trump did not like a contestant "because she seemed too ethnic," he could sometimes persuade himself "by telling her that she was a princess and that she was married to a football player." . "
Multiple former Miss Universe contestants have accused Trump of entering their locker room without warning, former Miss Universe Alicia Machado said in 2016 that Trump once referred to her as "Miss Piggy", "Miss Housekeeping" and "a machine to eat"
In 2016, former Miss Teen USA winner Kamie Crawford said she was warned "Trump he does not like black people. "He said he 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 refusing to condemn white supremacists who campaigned for him and referring to Mexican immigrants as "criminals" and "rapists." The president also has been accused of sexual misconduct, ranging from harassment until assault and rape, by 21 women.
Contact Mother Jones to read the complete excerpt from the book.