Sunday 19 August 2018

Miss America gets political - Miss Texas loses the crown, but wins praise for comments on Trump

Miss Texas 2017 Margana Wood participates in Evening Wear challenge during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Miss Texas 2017 Margana Wood participates in Evening Wear challenge during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Miss North Dakota 2017 Cara Mund participates in Evening Wear challenge during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Miss Missouri 2017 Jennifer Davis, Miss Alabama 2017 Jessica Procter, Miss North Dakota 2017 Cara Mund and Miss New Jersey 2017 Kaitlyn Schoeffel react during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Miss North Dakota 2017 Cara Mund onstage during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Miss North Dakota 2017 Cara Mund onstage during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Miss North Dakota 2017 Cara Mund onstage during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Newly crowned Miss America 2018 (Miss North Dakota 2017) Cara Mund celebrates during the 2018 Miss America Competition Press Conference at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Miss Texas 2017 Margana Wood participates in Swimsuit challenge during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Miss North Dakota 2017 Cara Mund participates in Swimsuit challenge during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Miss Texas 2017 Margana Wood - Dance - participates in talent showcase during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Miss North Dakota 2017 Cara Mund - Jazz Dance - participates in talent showcase during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Miss Texas 2017 Margana Wood participates in Question challenge during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Miss North Dakota 2017 Cara Mund participates in Question challenge during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Miss North Dakota 2017 Cara Mund is crowned as Miss America 2018 by Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Miss North Dakota 2017 Cara Mund is crowned as Miss America 2018 by Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Miss North Dakota 2017 Cara Mund reacts to be elected as Miss America 2018 (pictured with runner-up Miss Missouri 2017 Jennifer Davis) celebrates during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Miss North Dakota 2017 Cara Mund participates in Evening Wear challenge during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Miss North Dakota 2017 Cara Mund - Jazz Dance - participates in talent showcase during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Miss Texas 2017 Margana Wood participates in Swimsuit challenge during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Miss Texas 2017 Margana Wood is selected during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Miss Texas Margana Wood may have lost out on the crown, but she has a future in politics if her turn at Sunday's pageant is anything to by.

During the Q&A round, she was asked by judge Jess Cagle, the editor-in-chief of People magazine, about US President Trump's comments in the aftermath of Charlottesville. "Last month a demonstration of neo-Nazi white supremacists and the KKK in Charlottesville Virginia turned violent and a counter protester was killed. The president said there was shared blame with quote 'very fine people on both sides'. Were there? Tell me yes or no and explain," Cagle asked.

Miss Texas 2017 Margana Wood is selected during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Miss Texas 2017 Margana Wood is selected during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)

"I think that the white supremacist issue, it was very obvious that it was a terrorist attack," she said. "And I think that President Donald Trump should have made a statement earlier addressing the fact, and making sure all American feel safe in this country, that is the number one issue right now."

After the neo-Nazi demonstration at Charlottesville in August, where one person was killed, Trump said "both sides" were to blame. "You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say that. I’ll say it right now," he said of the protesters demonstrating against a group of white supremacists who were protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate leader Robert E. Lee in Virginia.

And Wood's comments on Trump weren't the only politically charged statement on the night - Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel said she believes such controversial statues should be relocated to relevant museums.

"We are truly defined by our country’s history, and I don’t think it’s something that we need to forget. We need to always remember it and honour our history of America because it truly makes us who we are as Americans. So they should be moved to museums. -[

Miss Texas 2017 Margana Wood participates in Question challenge during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Miss Texas 2017 Margana Wood participates in Question challenge during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)

Miss Missouri Jennifer Davies was asked about allegations of the Trump campaign colluding with Russia in the 2016 election. "Right now, I would have to say innocent, because not enough information has been revealed. We are still investigating this, and I think we should investigate it to its fullest extent," she said.

"And if we do find the evidence that they have had collusion with Russia, then they should — the justice system should do their due diligence and they should be punished accordingly."

Miss North Dakota Cara Mund was crowned the 2018 winner of Miss America and will compete at the Miss World competition next year.

Miss North Dakota 2017 Cara Mund is crowned as Miss America 2018 by Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Miss North Dakota 2017 Cara Mund is crowned as Miss America 2018 by Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields during the 2018 Miss America Competition Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Newly crowned Miss America 2018 (Miss North Dakota 2017) Cara Mund celebrates during the 2018 Miss America Competition Press Conference at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
Newly crowned Miss America 2018 (Miss North Dakota 2017) Cara Mund celebrates during the 2018 Miss America Competition Press Conference at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)

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