Miss America Finalist Slams Trump On Charlottesville During Pageant: ‘Obvious That it Was a Terrorist Attack’
.@MissAmericaTX is up next and she will be answering a question from @MrJessCagle. #MissAmerica pic.twitter.com/WbSBx3c5Ul
— Cara Mund (@MissAmerica) September 11, 2017
Margana Wood — Miss Texas 2017 — did not win this year’s Miss America pageant, which was held Sunday night in Atlantic City, NJ. But she did win over the crowd in the arena, and many on Twitter, with an absolutely scathing critique of President Donald Trump‘s handling of Charlottesville.
Wood offered her thoughts on the matter during the pageant’s politically charged Q&A segment. One of the judges — Entertainment Weekly and People editorial director Jess Cagle — asked Wood the following question:
Last month, a demonstration of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the KKK in Charlottesville, VA turned violent and a counter-protestor was killed. The President said there was shared blame with “very fine people on both sides.” Were there? Tell me yes or no and explain.
Miss Texas didn’t hold back.
“I think that the white supremacist issue — it was very obvious that it was a terrorist attack,” Wood said. “And I think that President Donald Trump should’ve made a statement earlier addressing the fact — and making sure all Americans feel safe. That is the number one issue right now.”
The Boardwalk Hall crowd cheered the response. So too did many on blue check Twitter:
When Miss Texas gives a more concise answer about Charlottesville than the President… #MissAmerica https://t.co/bpCWiEZ8Wh
— Cristela Alonzo (@cristela9) September 11, 2017
She had 20 seconds to nail her answer on Trump’s failure to call out white supremacy in Charlottesville.
She used every single second well pic.twitter.com/MrU3RsOjhP
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 11, 2017
Confirmed: Miss Texas is smarter than Trump pic.twitter.com/dblr1qWTT4
— jordan ?? (@JordanUhl) September 11, 2017
Powerfully said, Margana Wood. You didn’t win Miss America but you gave voice to our values. Don’t mess w Miss Texas pic.twitter.com/0sBtDk0N4E
— Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) September 11, 2017
Miss Texas was asked if Trump handled Charlottesville badly. She, uh … didn’t play. ?? #MissAmerica pic.twitter.com/5JMT4tBpeL
— shauna (@goldengateblond) September 11, 2017
Wood finished as the fourth-runner up in the pageant — but a clear number one of many viewers at home for her blistering Trump takedown.
Watch above, via ABC.
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