Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Miss America Contestant Say Trump is America's 'Biggest Issue'

Miss America Contestant Say Trump is America's 'Biggest Issue'

Miss West Virginia Madeline Collins didn't win the heat, but she did win over some new fans with her candid answer.

22-year-old Emili McPhail was competing against 49 other women at night #2 in the 2019 Miss America prelims - when she was asked how she'd advise the National Football League when it comes to the kneeling issue. "Unfortunately he has caused a lot of division in our country".

Miss West Virginia had harsh words for President Donald Trump during the Miss America contest Friday night, calling Trump the "biggest issue" Americans face in an interview for the crown.

Because each contestant was given only 20 seconds to respond, Collins did not go into more detail. The Miss America Organization rejected a request from The Associated Press to make Collins available for an interview after tonight's competition had ended.

Organizers have announced sweeping changes for 2019, including the controversial elimination of the swimsuit portion of the event. She said it was important to know that, 'We as Americans are supporting them and that we are there to help them'.

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"I just want to thank God for this, it took a lot of perseverance to get here", she said shortly after winning, also thanking her family and especially her father, who is a survivor of cancer.

Instead, the emphasis was on the contestants' ability to answer questions and they were judged based on their passion, intelligence and overall understanding of the role of Miss America.

Cara Mund, who was crowned past year while competing as Miss North Dakota, accused Miss America leadership of silencing and bullying her after she was crowned. ABC will broadcast the crowning of Miss America in a live broadcast Sunday night hosted by Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba.

Another Miss America contestant captured headlines for her response when she was asked what advice she would give NFL players on whether to kneel or stand for the national anthem.

In the talent competition, Miss Louisiana Holli' Conway won for a vocal performance, singing Fantasia's "I Believe".

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