Miss Texas' answer to Trump and white supremacists has everyone talking video

Miss Texas Margana Wood didn't use vague language when answering a question about President Donald Trump's reaction to Charlottesville.

Now, she's winning praise on social media for it, though she didn't win the Miss America title.

"Last month, a demonstration of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the KKK in Charlottesville turned violent and a counterprotester was killed. The president said there was shared blamed with 'very fine people on both sides.' Were there? Tell me yes or no and explain," said Jess Cagle, a pageant judge.

Miss Texas Margana Wood said the Charlottesville attack was terrorism and Trump should have said so earlier.
MARK MAKELA

Miss Texas Margana Wood said the Charlottesville attack was terrorism and Trump should have said so earlier.

Wood, a 22-year-old University of Texas graduate, had made it to the top five finalists of the competition and the final question round. Pageant questions and answers can often be cringe-worthy blunders, but in this case Wood's bold answer was admired.

"I think that the white supremacist issue was very obvious," Wood said, without pausing before responding. "That it was a terrorist attack and I think that President Donald Trump should have 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."

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The crowd erupted in cheers and applause after the response on television, then came the reaction on Twitter.

Social media users said that Wood condemned the white supremacists that turned the Charlottesville protests deadly more fiercely than the president did.

As of Monday morning, Trump had no reaction to the pageant's political question round. The Miss America Organisation labels its contest as a scholarship pageant and requires each contest to have a personal platform. Trump had previously owned the Miss USA pageant until 2015.

Wood ultimately placed as fourth runner-up, and Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund, won Miss America 2018.

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