The newly minted Miss USA ignited a firestorm of liberal outrage Sunday after she gave very non-progressive answers when asked about health care and feminism, specifically declaring health care a "privilege" and ripping modern feminism.
During the pageant’s question-and-answer period, 25-year-old Kára McCullough was asked whether she believes health care is a right or a privilege for Americans.
McCullough, who came to the pageant as Miss District of Columbia, stunned much of America, especially liberals, with her answer.
"I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege,” McCullough said, explaining that Americans shouldn’t be forced by the government to pay for the health care of other Americans.
McCullough, who works as a government scientist for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, further explained:
As a government employee, I’m granted health care. And I see firsthand that for one, to have health care, you need to have jobs, so therefore we need to continue to cultivate this environment that we’re given the opportunity to have health care as well as jobs so that (sic) all the American citizens worldwide.
— Miss USA (@MissUSA) May 15, 2017
Needless to say, the left's Twitter reaction to McCullough's answer was swift:
Miss DC was my fav but... not after that answer. Everyone has a right to healthcare. #MissUSA https://t.co/lM9V90B4Lh— Charlsley🥰 (@Charlsley🥰) 1494811801.0
Miss DC USA just said healthcare is a privilege. Not a right!?!? Ma'am!!! What? #MissUSA https://t.co/EbPYMJ7luD— Makho Ndlovu (@Makho Ndlovu) 1494811726.0
Do not take your political advice from this #MissUSA. Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. https://t.co/O7nnQw8IqV— deray (@deray) 1494851593.0
Others, however, defended McCullough, including one of her fellow competitors, Miss Massachusetts Alissa Musto:
Leave it to Twitter to absolutely bail on #MissDC because she expressed a non-socialist position #LovingandTolerantLeft #MissUSA— Miss Massachusetts (@Miss Massachusetts) 1494812911.0
Still, McCullough's answer on health care wasn't her only remark that outraged liberals. When later asked for her views on feminism and whether she believes she's a feminist, McCullough said she doesn't like the word "feminist."
"As a woman scientist in the government, I’d like to lately transpose the word 'feminism' to 'equalism,' " she said.
Here's how people reacted to that answer:
It's incredibly sad that in 2017, a woman is striving to occupy a position of influence w/ no understanding of what feminism is. #MissUSA— courtney (@courtney) 1494812574.0
McCullough became the second Miss District of Columbia in a row to win the annual pageant. Deshauna Barber, an Army officer, won in 2016.