Miss America contestant Miss Texas Margana Wood called out President Donald Trump during the beauty pageant last night for his response to the violent white supremacist attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month.
“I think that the white supremacist issue … it was very obvious that it was a terrorist attack,” the contestant said onstage. “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.”
She was responding to a question from judge Jess Cagle, the editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly, who asked her if she agreed with Trump that there were “very fine people on both sides.”
Her response condemning Trump garnered cheers from the audience.
In August, a gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent and one woman died when a man drove his car into a crowd of counter protesters, injuring several others.
Donald Trump was slow to condemn the white supremacists and neo-Nazis, and backpedalled a day after he did condemn them. During a speech at Trump Tower, he said that there was blame to place on “both sides” of the protests.
Twitter was quick to praise Wood for her answer. Check out some of the tweets below:
— ya girl (@goldengateblond) September 11, 2017
Confirmed: Miss Texas is smarter than Trump pic.twitter.com/dblr1qWTT4
— jordan (@JordanUhl) September 11, 2017
Miss Texas–a white woman–showed more integrity in 20 seconds than Trump has known all his life.#MissAmerica
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️⚧️🇺🇦 (@cmclymer) September 11, 2017