Finalists for the 2018 Miss America beauty pageant might have been surprised when the questions asked by the judges turned political.
In the second round of questions, which was to decide which five out of the seven contestants would remain, the topic of conversation turned political, specifically towards President Trump.
Miss Missouri Jennifer Davis was the first to be grilled when judge Jordin Sparks asked about the Russia investigation.
“OK, there are multiple investigations into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia on the election,” Sparks said. “Well, did they? You’re the jury. Guilty or innocent, and please explain your verdict.”
“Right now I’d have to say innocent, because not enough information has been revealed,” Davis said in response. “We are still investigating. And I think we should investigate it to its fullest extent. And if we do find evidence that they do have collusion with Russia, then they should. … The justice system should do their due diligence, and they should be punished accordingly.”
Miss Texas Morgana Wood received the second political question which referred to the violence at the Charlottesville rally.
“Last month, a demonstration of neo-Nazi’s, white supremacists and the KKK in Charlottesville, Virginia turned violent and a counter-protester was killed,” judge Jess Cagle said. “The president said there was shared blame with ‘very fine people on both sides.’ Were there? Tell me yes or no, and explain.”
Wood said the death of the counter-protester, Heather Heyer, was due to a “terrorist attack” before saying the President “should have made a statement earlier addressing the fact and making sure all Americans feel safe in this country.”
The questions continued when judge Maria Menounos asked Miss North Dakota Cara Mund about the Paris Climate Accord and whether President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement was a good one.
“195 countries signed the Paris agreement, in which each country sets non-bidding goals to reduce man-made climate change,” the judge explained. “The U.S. is withdrawing from the agreement citing negligible environmental effects and negative economic impact. Good decision, bad decision? Which is it, and why?”
“I do believe it’s a bad decision,” Mund said in response. “Once we reject that, we take ourselves out of the negotiation table and that’s something that we really need to keep in mind.”
“There is evidence that climate change is existing. So whether you believe it or not, we need to be at that table, and I think it’s just a bad decision on behalf of the United States,” she said in conclusion.
Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel question on the removal of Confederate statues.
“A recent poll found that slightly over half of Americans favored leaving Confederate statues in place while others want them removed,” said Tara Lipinski. “Keep them or get rid of them? What’s your vote and why?”
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