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Miss Texas delivers a stronger response to white supremacy than Trump

A beauty pageant contest appropriately shut down the president when it comes to dealing with racists


Taylor Link
September 11, 2017 1:52PM (UTC)

During the Miss America beauty pageant on Sunday, Miss Texas gave a response to the Charlottesville protests that President Trump failed to deliver.

The judges asked Margana Wood of Houston what she thought of Trump's reaction to the deadly protests in Charlottesville. Wood emphatically denounced the white supremacists who convened in the college town last month, shaming the president's tepid reaction in the process.

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“I think that the white supremacist issue . . . it was very obvious that it was a terrorist attack,” Miss Texas said. “And I think that President Donald Trump should’ve made a statement earlier addressing the fact, and in making sure all Americans feel safe in this country. That is the number one issue right now.”

Miss Texas' response drew loud cheers from the audience. It also played well online.

The Miss America competition was held this year in Atlantic City, the New Jersey city where the president made a name for himself decades ago.

For years, the president was involved with the rival Miss Universe pageant. He bought the operating company for the competition in 1996 and would maintain control for over 20 years. But in June 2015, NBC cancelled its business relationship with Trump in response to his comments about illegal immigration.

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On the beauty pageant circuit, Trump developed a reputation for being a creep. He often bragged how the bathing suits got smaller after he purchased Miss Universe. “Honestly, when I bought [Miss Universe], the bathing suits got smaller and the heels got higher and the ratings went up.”

It is only appropriate that a beauty pageant contestant showed up Trump and his affinity for white nationalism.


Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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