The 2018 Miss America Pageant was held on September 10 in Atlantic City. It was the 97th annual pageant, and it featured a bit of history. The winner came from a state that had never won the pageant previously.
The 2018 Miss America is Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund. Not only was she the first Miss North Dakota to win, she was the first to place in the top five. The 23-year-old grad of Brown University was awarded a $50,000 scholarship for winning.
It happened during the question portion of the pageant. Wood walked up to host Chris Harrison holding a bowl filled with the names of the judges. She drew a name, meaning that judge would get to ask her a question.
Of course, Donald Trump is no stranger to the world of beauty pageants. For almost two decades he owned the Miss Universe Organization, which also included the Miss USA Pageant. He sold the organization in 2015 after beginning his run for president.
Nagle's question for Miss Texas? "Last month, a demonstration of neo-Nazi white supremacists and the KKK in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent, and a counterprotester was killed. The president said there was shared blame with, quote, ‘very fine people on both sides.’ Were there? Tell me yes or no, and explain."
After hearing the question, Wood did not hesitate with a response. "I think that the white supremacist issue, it was very obvious that it was a terrorist attack," she said. And she was just getting started.
Next, with confidence and emotional conviction, she went right for the president. "And I think that President Donald Trump should have made a statement earlier addressing the fact," she said, "and making sure all American feel safe in this country. That is the number one issue right now."
"Once we reject (the Paris Agreement), we take ourselves out of the negotiation table," she said. "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."
As this Twitter user pointed out, pageant contestants in 2017 have a whole new set of issues when it comes to Trump. He may not be running the pageant, but he is running the country, and there are still issues that these contestants aren't afraid to bring up.