Miss America Contestant Slams Trump, Claims President Is 'Biggest Issue' America Faces

Miss Virginia Backs NFL Kneelers During Miss America Prelim, Wins

This Miss America contestant was asked about NFL kneeling protests — and her answer earned her a win

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.

Colin Kaepernick has another major supporter - Miss Virginia - who went to bat for the QB during a Miss America prelim competition on Thursday. a prelim competition she WON!

Win she won, Franklin said, "It took a lot of perseverance to get here, and I just want to thank my lovely family".

An opera singer, Franklin is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and earned her master's degree in music composition from UNC School of the Arts.

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.

As captured on video by a Press of Atlantic City reporter, Collins continued: "Unfortunately, he has caused a lot of divide in our country, and until we can trust in him and the choices that he makes for our country, we cannot become united".

Miss Massachusetts Gabriela Taveras won the interview segment of the pageant.

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A source told Reuters that a man was detained in connection with the attack, which was not suspected to be linked to terrorism. There have been several knife attacks in France over the past few months, but few have resulted in terrorist investigations.

The first runner-up was Miss Connecticut Bridget Mary Oei, winning $25,000 in scholarships after bringing the audience to its feet with a rousing Irish step-dance number for the evening's talent portion.

The Miss America organization, which was recently renamed Miss America 2.0, has faced considerable controversy in the past year. It was a success and eventually evolved into a scholarship competition that now has a heavy focus on contestants' social platforms, which ranged this year from mental-health awareness to STEM inclusion.

Gretchen Carlson, the first former Miss America to be named chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miss America Organization, responded to Mund on Twitter, saying that she has "never" bullied or silenced her and will "continue to support her".

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.

In December, former CEO Sam Haskell resigned after emails in which he insulted the appearance, intellect and personal lives of former pageant winners were leaked.

Mund only appeared at the very end of the pageant before the next victor was crowned.

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