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this is "nightline." >> tonight, trump splitting more than the republican party. >> trump ended their relationship. >> now he's splitting up romances too. couples with trump getting between them. driving some women to declare, vote trump, get dumped. and an ultimatum in the bedroom too. will boycotting sex stop men from backing trump? plus beauty queens busted. a former mrs. america and popular tv host accused of trying to swindle macy's. now joins the ranks of beauty queens making headlines for all the wrong reasons. and planning a star-studded met gala. a documentary pulling back the curtains, spilling secrets, as "vogue" editor anna wintour decides who's in and who's out. first the "nightline 5." >> how much protein does your dog food have? 18%?
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good evening. thanks for joining us. donald trump has been shaking up the presidential race since the day he announced. now he's stirring up heated debates at home. even inspiring a different kind of campaign. vote trump, get dumped. tonight the pitfalls of when pillow talk turns to politics.
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>> you smell like booze. >> you smell like patchouli. >> you smell like beer. >> i'm glad you wash your feet. >> i'm glad you wash your face. >> reporter: if you're sensing a bit of tension in the air, it's because this former couple is seeing each other for the first time since breaking up over another man. >> win, win, win. we're going to win so much you're going to get sick and tired of it. >> i would say trump ended the relationship. >> reporter: almost five months into their romance, rachel brewer called it quits with tom jenkins after discovering his love of all things trump. >> everything that he was saying about women, everything that he said in front of our friends and the fact that i had to smile and pretend that i was okay with it, even though it literally killed me inside, i think that was really the end of it all. >> reporter: when they first met at a video gaming conference last summer, the attraction for both was instantaneous.
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>> i was drawn to him because he was extremely handsome. he seemed very approachable. and i just really wanted to strike up a conversation with him. >> she's real easy to talk to, real easy to get into a natural conversation. >> get him out of here, get him out. >> reporter: things were going swimmingly. until the donald killed the mood. >> i am thankful that our governor is not going to let those refugees in here. >> oh my god. >> reporter: we all know talk of politics can cause rifts among loved ones. >> she's a guest in our home -- >> reporter: it was even parodied in this "saturday night live" skit. ♪ hello >> reporter: where only an adele song can calm a room. but these days you'd be hard-pressed to find a subject more divisive than trump. his candidacy uniting an unlikely coalition aimed at stopping him. >> i'm an american. >> this is my home. >> bimbo. >> dog. >> fat pig. >> real quotes from donald trump.
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>> about women. >> reporter: despite millions of votes and a legion of passionate supporters there seems to be no shortage of online campaigns dedicated to keeping trump out of the white house. including this one. vote trump, get dumped. a viral campaign that urges women to go on a sex strike. its mission statement reads, until trump is defeated, we don't date, sleep, or kanoodle with trump supporters. >> vote trump, get dumped. >> reporter: since its launch last month the group has amassed a huge following on social media. >> right now we're close to 100,000 twitter followers. >> reporter: rachel peters and chandler smith are part of the team behind vote trump, get dumped. >> are you two crazed radical feminists? >> the internet has called us that. for sure. >> we've heard that. >> actually we're pretty normal people. we're both moms. we live in the midwest. always had a little bit of an interest in politics but have never really gotten hyper-involved until this election. >> reporter: these mild-mannered moms say at first they were amused.
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then deeply donald trumped by trump. shocked by what they saw as his extreme misogyny. >> you're going to represent 50.8% of america, women. we can't having you represent us to the rest of the world. >> it moved us from being just responsible voters to people who wanted to amplify our voice more. >> reporter: they consider themselves the silent majority and stress theirs is not a partisan campaign. >> we just say, no trump. we don't care who else you vote for. >> you have republicans on your team? >> uh-huh. >> you have bernie supporters on your team? >> uh-huh. >> hillary supporters on your team? >> uh-huh. >> cruz supporters on your team? >> uh-huh. >> wow. >> the one thing that brought us together is we could not stand the thought of sitting by and letting donald trump become president. >> reporter: they post what they consider trump's most flagrantly sexist quotes like, you can't be flat-chested and be a 10. or, you wouldn't have a job if you weren't beautiful. they ask women, do you really want to sleep with someone who
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would condone this? what do you say about critics who see this almost as regressive? that this is sexual blackmail, that women are reduced to their sexuality? >> it's not sexual blackmail because actually, our thought never was, we can get trump supporters to change their mind by abstaining for sex. it was, hey, it's in your best interests to stay away from romantic relationships with trump supporters because it tells you something about their character. >> reporter: this tongue firmly in cheek campaign takes its inspiration from an ancient greek comedy where women boycotted sex to end a war. in liberia women successfully did the same in 2003. >> sex strikes don't necessarily work because of their practical work, they work because they get immediate attention. >> were you surprised to find out women were boycotting sex and kanoodling after you launched this website?
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>> it was a surprise, but go girl. >> what we've discovered is voting for trump is the new disqualifier in relationships. in the same way a girlfriend wouldn't let you date somebody who is living in their parents' basement or can't hold a steady job or is addicted to video games. it's the same way you go, oh, he's a trump supporter? girl, you can't be dating him. >> just ask rachel, who broke up with boyfriend todd when she heard him talking about trump for the first time at a party. >> it just -- really got under my skin. he had really turned into a trump lover like he was just all about trump. >> i think rachel is a little oversensitive. and maybe took things a little too serious. >> i don't see how you can support somebody who is literally turning this into a reality show. >> he's someone who can definitely say what he really thinks. >> i plan on voting for hillary clinton. >> hah. >> i think -- yeah, you would.
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i'd like to see us fundamentally working towards building relationships with other countries in a way that can help us in business and personal issues, health care, and anything for the u.s. >> hah. >> what? >> it all sounds nice but how are you going to pay for it? >> good question, ask mr. bankruptcy. >> reporter: it's not just early infatuations. trump-inspired sparring is also straining long-term relationships. >> man and wife -- >> reporter: mandy statmiller married comedian pat nixon at the gotham comedy club just last year. the couple bonded over their shared sense of humor. which is helpful when you share this tiny studio apartment in new york city. there's literally no room to hide after a heated argument about trump. >> the only reason that i'm interested in this is donald trump. he doesn't apologize. that was the first thing that got my attention. >> he has the sociopathic trait where you believe your own lies. >> oh, no! not a president that believes
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his own lies! >> did you not talk politics while you were dating? what happened? >> i certainly didn't. >> we really were caught up in all the falling in love stuff. and the then once that was all in place, we realized, this is an election year. i guess that's when we discover wed were on opposite sides of the thing. >> reporter: as for rachel and todd, our couple who split in los angeles, they're still coming to terms with the role trump played in spoiling their romance. >> if trump wasn't in the picture a couple of years ago, i think we may have had a better chance. i don't know, he just brings out something bad in you. and i just -- it would have been different, yes. >> yeah, i think it could have been totally different. i think we would have been together much longer. could have been pretty serious. >> reporter: for a brief moment, there seems to be some rekindling in the air. but then talk returned to immigration and politics. >> hilarious, he was being deported from l.a., it was a joke. >> it's not funny. >> it's hilarious. >> it's not. maybe to you. it's not hilarious. >> maybe people with simple minds can't understand complex humor.
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>> maybe people who are trying to make things complex and talk about politics -- >> yeah, go feed the homeless. >> i will because they need to be fed. >> reporter: i suspect this romance is officially over. up next, beauty queens in ugly situations. a former mrs. america arrested. why she's now facing charges. fashion's biggest night. who's on the guest list? behind the scenes as vogue's anna wintour plans the famed met gala. vogue's anna wintor plans the famed met gala. i was going to give it a try, but i didn't really think it was going to really happen. after one week of chantix, i knew i could quit. along with support, chantix (varenicline) is proven to help people quit smoking. chantix definitely helped reduce my urge to smoke. some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix. some had seizures while taking chantix. if you have any of these, stop chantix and call your doctor right away.
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it's hard to be perfect in every way in those hyped-up pageants.
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real life isn't so pretty for some beauty queens. a former mrs. america is now in trouble with the law. here's abc's linzie janis. >> reporter: she's a beauty queen turned alleged criminal. >> mrs. america! >> reporter: a former mrs. america, jennifer susan kline, seen here competing in the mrs. world pageant, could serve up to ten years in prison after allegedly making more than $5,000 worth of fraudulent clothing returns to macy's. minnesota police say the self-proclaimed beauty expert purchased the clothes from one macy's only to return them at two other locations for a full refund. the problem? a store employee says kline did not return the right items. >> the tags were taken off and they were placed onto clothes that looked similar but were not the same name brand. >> reporter: according to the police complaint, macy's also said the clothes that were returned were dirty and showed signs of wear. >> there is more than just grab
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the merchandise and walk out the door. there was a lot of thought put into this, a lot of effort to conceal it. >> reporter: kline starred in a local paper's version of "the housewives of the twin cities." >> i work in a glamor business, in tv and home shopping. but i live in a real world. >> reporter: she's also known for appearing as a model and host on this national shopping show. >> this is the best tool -- >> reporter: kline is now facing felony charges for theft by swindle. the 50-year-old mother of two has not yet entered a plea. our request for comment was declined. this is just the latest scandal to rock the high-pressure, high-stakes world of beauty pageants. with 2.5 million women competing in 100,000 pageants every year in the u.s., a few tiaras are bound to get tarnished. >> time to announce the winner, stormy keffler is miss washington, usa --
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>> reporter: take stormy keffler, crowned miss washington usa 2016 this past october. behind the 100-watt smile she had a secret. she'd recently been arrested for drunk driving. >> i'm so sorry to anybody i've disappointed. >> reporter: according to the police report she was driving with two flat tires last april, and when pulled over her eyes were droopy, bloodshot, and watery. and her speech was very slurred. she pleaded guilty to drunk driving with a blood alcohol reading nearly three times the legal limit. just a month before the pageant. she would have been required to disclose the arrest. but didn't. >> i have resigned as miss washington usa. i think that's the best and bravest thing that i could possibly do. everybody's telling me how i should be ashamed of myself and how i'm an unfit role model and all of these things. but -- i mean, there's really
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nothing that anybody can say that i haven't thought worse about myself. >> reporter: but even in light of her legal troubles, she thinks she has qualifications worthy of the crown. >> i still to this day think i am a perfect role model and some days it just happens to be the exact role model of what not to do. >> there's a lot of pressure from beauty contestants to be perfect. they want to get everything right. and it's this unattainable goal of perfection that really does sit within a lot of beauty pageant contestants. >> reporter: bill alverson knows the circuit inside and out. >> new york! >> reporter: as one of the most successful pageant coaches in america, famous for his tiara-winning clients and tough-love style. >> you're blend. your eyebrows are as black as coal. have them lightened. >> there are a lot of people that do get joy out of seeing someone that has been noted for being beautiful and together and having it all, so to speak, and then really not. >> reporter: the most famous
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example, vanessa williams, who made history in 1983 when she was crowned the first african-american miss america. >> our new miss america -- vanessa williams, miss new york! >> reporter: but her ten-month reign came to an abrupt halt when news broke that nude photos she had taken two years before would be published in "penthouse" magazine. it was one of the biggest scandals of the 1980s. >> my parents came into the room and i said, i don't know what's going on but i'm sorry. i was stupid and i took some pictures and apparently they're coming out. and my parents said, okay, we love you. we'll deal. >> reporter: people flocked to newsstands in droves to buy what is still the highest-grossing issue of "penthouse" magazine ever. prompting what was the first and only resignation in the pageant's history. >> i do officially relinquish my title as miss america 1984 -- >> no! >> to the miss america pageant --
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>> reporter: williams made a roaring comeback as a singer and tv star. and actually returned to judge the pageant just last year. >> i've got a perfect platform to kind of be reintroduced to the organization that catapulted me into notoriety and stardom. >> reporter: it's not just racy photos. miss delaware teen usa was plagued with an alleged sex tape scandal in 2013. >> she's a freshman at the college of philadelphia -- >> reporter: melissa king, who said she wanted to work in a fashion magazine after college, wowed the crowd and judges. she took home the crown and a spot in the miss teen usa pageant. >> she says, if you can dream it and believe it, you can achieve it -- >> reporter: the dream became a pr nightmare. when this video surfaced online. >> you do beauty pageants? >> i've done them, yes. >> reporter: the video, which goes on to be x-rated, featured a woman who appeared to be king.
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the beauty queen denied it was her but chose to resign her crown and her shot at miss teen usa. alverson saying, lessons in how to avoid potential scandal should be part of every beauty queen's training. >> the risk with social media, all the different platforms that are available, so many people think some of these things disappear but nothing ever disappears. that's one thing they should remember. it all can be found again. >> reporter: but when it comes to breaking the law? >> if you're breaking the law, don't expect me to put you up and say, we're going to win this pageant. >> reporter: for "nightline," i'm linzie janis in new york. up next, a behind the scenes look as anna wintour plans the glamorous met gala. ♪
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when it comes to high fashion, it doesn't get more glamorous than the met gala in new york city. "vogue" editor anna wintour calls all the shots in planning the a-list spectacle. now a new film taking us behind
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the scenes as she's in her party element. >> reporter: there's j. lo, hand in hand with donnatella, as in versace. lupita luongo, the it girl of the awards season. rihanna stealing the show with a handmade 16-foot-long fur-trimmed cape. all at fashion's ultimate spectacle, the annual met gala. 2015's ball was no exception. let's say if looks could kill, this red carpet would be deadly. the new documentary "the first monday in may" pulls back the curtain on the star-studded event for the first time. >> jennifer lawrence, ladies and gentlemen, rihanna. >> reporter: for "vogue's" editor in chief and host anna wintour, no detail in the lead-up is too small, including the guest list. >> beyonce, kim and kanye, julianne moore -- >> we don't have the seats. >> reporter: painstakingly analyzing that crucial seating chart. >> i thought he wasn't coming. >> i know.
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