Alicia Machado
Alicia Machado attends The World Premiere of Disney-Pixar’s FINDING DORY on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 in Hollywood, California. Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Alicia Machado just joined the list of Latino celebrities that hope to make a change in the upcoming Presidential elections.

On Wednesday, the Venezuelan actress announced she was working alongside civil rights leader Dolores Huerta in a new campaign titled “Donald Trump’s Year of Hate.”

“I stayed quiet for years,” the former Miss Universe told Latin Times. “People nowadays ask me, ‘Why now?’ Well, because now I am a mother, I am American, I am an actress, I’m not afraid, I have a career, the love of the public…I am a mature woman. Also, this mister wasn’t thinking about running for President when I met him. I never thought someone so detestable could potentially be the next President of the United States.”

For most people, Donald Trump’s insults began on June 16, 2015, but for the telenovela star, the nightmare began a long time ago.

“He would discriminate me constantly,” Machado said of her time working with Trump during her Miss Universe run in 1996. “He would call me ‘Miss Housekeeping,’ that was the nickname he liked to use to make fun of me in front of his friends, and he would laugh.”

Throughout the interview, Machado reiterated that she decided to open up about her horrible past not because of publicity or money, which she claims she is not receiving during her journey as an activist, but because she sees this as an opportunity to unmask the man she describes as the next Hugo Chávez.

“This came to me, I didn’t call the New York Times. I didn’t go out and looked for these interviews,” she explained. “These are things that have been coming my way and I am welcoming them with a lot of responsibility. Every word I’ve said and every story I’ve made public can be found on the Internet, I have proof of everything I’ve said. I’m not lying and I also have no need to lie.”

She continued, “I think this activist path that I decided to follow has led me to share my experience to try to make a difference and encourage America to vote for the right person, and not this populist, ignorant, and racist man. I think this would lead to not only America’s disaster but the world’s as well.”

Machado, who will become an American citizen in order to be able to vote in the 2016 elections, proceeded to predict a future similar to Venezuela's current crisis if Trump is elected President in November.

“I want people to understand that this country does not deserve a Chávez,” she declared. “And that’s what Trump is…a demagogue, racist, egocentric, misogynist, demeaning man, who lacks cultural and political knowledge. This country does not deserve that.”

At the end of the sit-down interview, Machado confessed that if all things fail and Trump becomes elected, she would stay in the country to continue to fight against the man who humiliated her when she was an 18-year-old beauty queen.

“I would not leave,” she admitted. “This is a great country with wonderful politics and amazing benefits, and this imbecile won’t be able to change that, we are stronger than Trump.”

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