Don’t get Miss Universe confused with Miss America, especially when it comes to presidential politics.
Donald Trump used to own the Miss Universe contest, and we know his views pretty well.
But now there are allegations that the contest that crowned Savvy Shields of Arkansas as the new Miss America (that’s Miss America, not Miss Universe) may have been a bit too liberal and leaning to the left.
As The Washington Post noted, many questions asked during Sunday’s pageant had a political (and possibly left-leaning) tone:
“Hillary Rodham Clinton. What do you think?” Shields was asked.
“Sorry, that’s kind of funny,” Miss Arkansas replied. “If you’re trying to be leader of the free world, everything you say and do matters, and all of your actions are held to a higher standard. And unfortunately, the media does love to sensationalize everything, and it’s hard to tell what is truth and what is truly scandal. I think going back at what my previous contestant said, both of these contestants have done a great job. Er, both of these candidates have done a great job in competing, but they also need to watch what they’re doing, and — (gets cut off for time limit).”
The conservative website Newsbusters.com (“Exposing and Combating Liberal Media Bias”) claimed:
Other instances of liberal bias were on display through the selection of questions. Actress Sara Foster brought up Fox News to Miss Mississippi, Laura Lee Lewis, in saying, “Miss America 1989 Gretchen Carlson just accepted a $20 million settlement from Fox News for her sexual harassment suit against Roger Ailes. Fox paid, Ailes walked. What message does this send?”
Mark Cuban asked Miss Washington, Alicia Cooper, of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest, “Do you sit with him or stand against him?” And she responds that Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter. Later, the audience cheered Miss New York’s, Camille Sims, response to a question on Trump when she said, “We need to make sure that we come together and represent what it means to be American, which is celebrating all people from all backgrounds,” while Miss Arkansas, Savannah “Savvy” Shields the eventual winner of Miss America, gave a rambling, non-sensical response when asked her thoughts on Hillary Clinton.
The Post said: “The Top 7 contestants were given a series of surprisingly tough, politically charged questions as the women vied for the crown. (These) would be challenging for anyone, let alone someone who has 20 seconds to formulate an answer on live television — and is trying hard not to alienate any judges or viewers.”
Examples of supposedly left-leaning questions:
“The immigration debate rages on: Building a wall along the Mexico border, establishing sanctuary cities, deporting 11 million undocumented people. Do you believe our country has an immigration problem?”
“Miss America 1989 Gretchen Carlson just accepted a $20 million settlement from Fox News for her sexual harassment suit against Roger Ailes. Fox paid. Ailes walked. What message does this send?”
“49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has ignited a national debate by refusing to stand for the national anthem in protest of racial inequality and police brutality. Do you sit with him or stand against him?”
“Journalists are calling out Matt Lauer for aggressively grilling Hillary Clinton while letting Donald Trump slide. Others are declaring a liberal media bias. How would you grade the media on their election coverage?”
— Savvy Shields (@MissAmerica) September 12, 2016
— Miss America Org (@MissAmericaOrg) September 12, 2016
One thing #MissAmerica should change: giving more than 20 seconds to try to solve the nation’s & world’s problems
— Amanda Jo (@amandajoladner) September 12, 2016
its not right to question these women on their political views. we have private ballots for a reason. #MissAmerica
— Emily Elizabeth Mays (@emmiemay94) September 12, 2016