Don’t mess with Miss Texas. That’s not exactly the famous saying, but maybe it should be after last night.
Margana Wood may not have won the crown at the 2018 Miss America pageant in Atlantic City on Sunday night, but she won the hearts of many on social media during the question-and-answer portion of the competition. Wood had an actual substantive question tossed her way by pageant judge Jess Cagle, the editor-in-chief of PEOPLE magazine.
“Last month, a demonstration of neo-Nazi white supremacists and the KKK in Charlottesville Virginia turned violent and a counter protester was killed. The president said there was shared blame with quote ‘very fine people on both sides.’ Were there?” Cagle probed. “Tell me yes or no, and explain.”
Wood had 20 seconds to deliver an answer, and she wasted no time in expressing a clear and well-thought out opinion on the matter. “I think that the white supremacist issue, it was very obvious that it was a terrorist attack,” Wood began. “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.” Watch her response below.
The violent clashes that broke out at the Charlottesville rally claimed the life of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who was there to counter-protest the white supremacists.
Wood’s remarks won her many plaudits with social media users, some of whom noted that her response was more presidential than the official response from the President of the United States.
“Young lady, you have raised my hopes for your generation! A truly lovely and intelligent American woman! You will always be a winner!” one Twitter user wrote.
Naturally Wood had a few detractors on Twitter, too, one of whom seemed to adopt the president’s tone and word choice by declaring Wood’s answer was “weak!” Wood took fourth place over all in the pageant. We asked readers on Twitter if think her choice to criticize the president had anything to do with her fourth place finish and according to our modest, unscientific poll, nearly 90 percent responded that her choice to speak out affected her finish place.
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