Call it a big win for the Deplorables!
After Kathy Zhu was stripped of her title as “Miss Michigan” for what she claims were political reasons, the official TeamTrump wasted no time in bringing her onboard!
Take a look:
Here's more on the story from Fox News:
"[Zhu] is a patriot who has continued to stand for American values despite being stripped of her crown,' the Trump campaign tweeted on Thursday.
The announcement came shortly after Zhu, a University of Michigan student and president of her campus' College Republicans chapter, posted about the Miss World America pageant's decision to strip her of her title.
"Miss World America's State/National/Chief Director accused me of being racist, Islamaphobic, and insensitive," Zhu tweeted earlier in July. The pageant had apparently seen social media posts about her aversion to hijabs and statistics on crime in the African American community.
The termination letter, which Zhu posted on her Twitter timeline, claimed she violated the pageant's requirement to be "of good character and ... not likely to disrepute Miss World America or any person associated with the organization."
Since the letter, Zhu has been outspoken about the incident, indicating that the pageant overlooked critical context surrounding her posts. She also stood by her statements and pushed back on the idea of beauty pageants disqualifying contestants because of their opinions.
“Everything that I’ve posted was my statistics and opinions, and I think that we should be empowering women’s voices and not just stripping them of their title only because of their opinions,” she said during an interview with CNN.
Zhu gives more background on her history and political beliefs:
Here's more on the Miss Michigan scandal, from Yahoo News:
A student who lost her beauty queen title over tweets about Muslims and black people is joining a Trump campaign advisory board.
Kathy Zhu said she was crowned Miss Michigan but lost her title after organisers discovered her tweets.
“It has been brought to the attention of Miss World America (MWA) that your social media accounts contain offensive, insensitive and inappropriate content,” MWA appears to have said, in an email Ms Zhu posted online.
The organisation stated the removal of the title would be enforced “effective immediately”, adding that the Republican supporter must remove any reference to herself being a MWA participant on all social media platforms.
But the 20-year-old has now been appointed to a Trump campaign advisory board, despite the controversy.
“I am so excited to now be part of the Women For Trump Coalition Advisory Board!” Ms Zhu said on Friday.
“Let’s get Trump re-elected for 2020!”
The official Trump campaign Twitter account described the University of Michigan student as “a patriot who has continued to stand for American values despite being stripped of her crown”.
“Thank you for your support of President Trump,” the account added.
Ms Zhu’s controversial tweets have now been deleted.
According to screenshots obtained by the Orlando Sentinel, the student had encountered and taken umbrage at a “try a hijab” booth at her university campus.
“So you’re telling me that it’s now just a fashion accessory and not a religious thing?” she wrote. “Or are you just trying to get women used to being oppressed under Islam?”
In a second post, the student replied to a tweet about police violence against the African American community.
“Did you know that the majority of black deaths are caused by other blacks? Fix problems within your own community first before blaming others,” she wrote.
In a statement earlier sent to The Independent the 20-year-old said: “I stand by each and every one of my tweets on my account.”
She added that in her opinion, “Coming out as a conservative is way harder than coming out as gay in today’s society.”