In 15 seconds, Miss Texas managed to condemn white supremacy more strongly than Donald Trump ever has
Sunday night’s Miss America pageant was not without its political moments. Representatives of all 50 states were asked to weigh in on the Paris Agreement, Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, and more straight-from-the-headlines issues. One of the most memorable moments came from Miss Texas Margana Wood, who, during the question and answer portion of the competition, was asked about Trump’s response to the white supremacist march that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month.
The question, which came from People and Entertainment Weekly editorial director Jess Cagle, was whether there were actually “fine people,” like Trump said, on both sides in Charlottesville.
Miss American contestants are given 20 seconds to answer their questions. Wood only needed 15.
— shauna (@goldengateblond) September 11, 2017
“I think that the white supremacist issue, it was very obvious that it was a terrorist attack,” she said. “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.”
That’s right. In under 20 seconds, she gave a more blistering, unwavering condemnation of white supremacy than Trump has been able to give in more than a month since the march in Charlottesville took place. Obviously, the internet took note and was seriously impressed.
— Justin (@DTPJustin) September 11, 2017
Today was the day Miss Texas became president. https://t.co/doQa3Fq5UT
— Erik Anderson (@awards_watch) September 11, 2017
— Bill McQuillen (@bmcquillen) September 11, 2017
This pageant contestant has greater moral clarity than the President of the United States. https://t.co/4N6T8jRpZx
— Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) September 11, 2017
Even celebrities got in on praising Wood’s answer, including director Judd Apatow.
Pageant contestants are officially clearer, tougher and more compassionate than the President. https://t.co/0Y3wzrOuAR
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) September 11, 2017
Wood ended the night as fourth runner-up, while Miss North Dakota Cara Mund was crowned Miss America. Wood may not have the crown, but she does have a whole lot of love and support from the internet.