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Watch: Beauty Queen Who Was Cut After Supporting Trump Finally Speaks Out - Issues Fiery, Take-No-Prisoners Response

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Kathy Zhu, who won the 2019 Miss Michigan crown in the Miss World America pageant series, found herself stripped of her title recently when liberals noticed she supported President Donald Trump and had posted messages on social media that they found offensive.

Zhu has now spoken out about the defrocking, and contrary to the bowing, scraping and mea culpas the left had hoped for, she’s refusing to give an inch.

Instead, she’s using the opportunity to turn the tables on the left itself.

Appearing on CNN’s “New Day,” Zhu gave no quarter to those accusing her of insensitivity and offensive behavior.

Refusing to back down, an unperturbable Zhu said, “Everything I posted was my statistics and opinions, and I think we should … not be stripping [women] of their title only because of their opinions.”

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One issue of particular interest to her critics was Zhu’s refusal to don a hijab provided by a Muslim Student Association. After refusing to try on the garment associated with Islam and, in many people’s eyes, the oppression of women, Zhu rhetorically questioned whether the students were “just trying to get women used to being oppressed under Islam.”

She also tweeted about black-on-black crime, saying, “Did you know that the majority of black deaths are caused by other blacks? Fix problems within your own community first before blaming others.”

Last week, the Miss World America organization emailed Zhu, alleging that her social media accounts “contain offensive, insensitive, and inappropriate content.”

The email went on to say that Zhu had violated the organization’s requirement that contestants be “of good character” and have a background that “is not likely to bring into disrepute Miss World America …”

Zhu has found no shortage of supporters willing to defend her against what they see as PC culture run amok.

But even without those defenders, she seems more than capable of defending herself.

“Again, this is taken fully out of context and if you actually think that statistics and facts are racist, I don’t know what to tell you,” she said.

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Josh Manning is deputy managing editor, assignment, at The Western Journal. He holds a masters in public policy from Harvard University and has a background in higher education.
Josh Manning grew up outside of Memphis, TN and developed a love of history, politics, and government studies thanks to a life-changing history and civics teacher named Mr. McBride.

He holds an MPP from Harvard University and a BA from Lyon College, a small but distinguished liberal arts college where he also served as an interim vice president.

While in school he did everything possible to confront, discomfit, and drive ivy league liberals to their knees.

After a number of years working in academe, he moved to digital journalism and opinion. Since that point, he has held various leadership positions at The Western Journal and now serves as editor-at-large.

He's married to a gorgeous blonde who played in the 1998 NCAA women's basketball championship game, and he has two pre-teens who hate doing dishes more than poison. He makes life possible for two boxers -- "Hank" Rearden Manning and "Tucker" Carlson Manning -- and a pitbull named Nikki Haley "Gracie" Manning.
MPP from Harvard University, BA from Lyon College
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English, tiny fragments of college French
Topics of Expertise
Writing, politics, Christianity, social media curation, higher education, firearms