Miss Texas slams white supremacists, calls out Trump's response to Charlottesville
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Miss North Dakota, a 23-year-old who said President Donald Trump was wrong to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, was named Miss America 2018 Sunday night in Atlantic City, but her win and comments have been overshadowed online by comments made by Miss Texas regarding President Trump.
Cara Mund topped a field of 51 contestants to win the crowd in the New Jersey seaside resort, where most of the 97 Miss Americas have been selected.
The second runner up was Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel; third runner up was Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey, and fourth runner up was Miss Texas Margana Wood.
During a Q&A segment, Wood made a splash on social media when she condemned white supremacy. She was asked by judge Jess Cagle if she believed President Donald Trump's claim of there being "very fine people on both sides" of the violent protest in Charlottesville last month.
“I think that the white supremacist issue--it was very obvious that it was a terrorist attack," Wood responded. "And I think that President Donald Trump should have made a statement earlier addressing the fact and making sure all Americans feel safe in this country. That is the number one issue right now.”
In one of her onstage interviews, Miss America winner Cara Mund said Trump, a Republican, was wrong to withdraw the U.S. from the climate accord aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.
"It's a bad decision," she said. "There is evidence that climate change is existing and we need to be at that table."
The competition took place at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, where it originated as a way to extend summer tourism to the weekend after Labor Day.