Donald Trump fires back at 'hypocrite' Miss Universe pageant winner

AP/Wilfredo LeeMiss Universe Gabriela Isler, right, crowns the new Miss Universe, Paulina Vega of Colombia, left, during the Miss Universe pageant.

Real-estate magnate and presidential candidate Donald Trump blasted another one of his critics early Sunday morning.

Trump said the reigning Miss Universe pageant winner, Colombia’s Paulina Vega, was a “hypocrite” for criticising him without giving up her award.

“Miss Universe, Paulina Vega, criticised me for telling the truth about illegal immigration, but then said she would keep the crown-Hypocrite,” Trump tweeted at roughly 5 a.m.

According to the Associated Press, Vega said last Thursday that Trump’s controversial comments about Mexico were “hurtful and unfair” but she had no intention of giving up her crown “because the Miss Universe organisation does meaningful social work in communities around the world.”

She was referring to comments made during the Republican businessman’s June 16 campaign launch, where he railed against Mexico for supposedly sending its “rapists” and drug runners to the US.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Trump said then, according to a transcript. “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

Several prominent companies have cut ties with him. These include Macy’s, which has Trump clothing line and fragrance, and two television stations that were going to air the upcoming Miss USA pageant.

Trump reacted aggressively to each of the provocations. He said he is suing Univision for $US500 million and slammed NBC for being “weak.”

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