Liberals erupt over pageant winner’s stance on 1 key issue

Kara McCullough, crowned Miss USA, is a black conservative who said she believes health care is a 'privilege' (Photo: Twitter)

Kara McCullough, crowned Miss USA, is a black conservative who said she believes health care is a ‘privilege’ (Photo: Twitter)

WASHINGTON – Liberals are enraged, and showing it, after the newly crowned Miss USA crossed into what they consider a political no-go zone.

While contestants in the pageant, held over the weekend, typically recite middle-of-the-road answers to social questions – making sure no one is offended – 25-year-old Kára McCullough took a different path.

She had been asked, “Do you think affordable health care for all U.S. citizens is a right or a privilege and why?”

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“I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege. As a government employee, I’m granted health care. And I see first-hand that for one, to have health care, you need to have jobs,” McCullough replied, rejecting the liberal mantra that health care is a human right.

“Therefore, we need to continue to cultivate this environment so that we’re given the opportunities to have health care as well as jobs for all Americans worldwide.”



McCullough was immediately lambasted on social media for her response.

Linda Stasi, columnist at the leftist New York Daily News, characterized McCullough as “pretty dumb” and claimed the scientist makes “women look bad.”

“The newly crowned Miss USA dropped a bombshell with her ‘thoughts’ on health care Sunday night, when she declared that health care is a privilege, not a right,” Stasi wrote. “This kind of stupidity on the world stage is cruel, and worse, it’s dumb and ill-informed. Way to promote women in science and technology.”

“The new Miss USA could have done this by behaving more like a chemist who understands bombs, than acting like a sexy bombshell who doesn’t understand anything,” Stasi continued.

Many argue that Miss New Jersey, Chhavi Verg, who gave more politically correct answers, should have won the competition.

Some applauded her for proclaiming health care is a privilege.

“McCullough’s answer to the question of health care being a right or privilege has sent her into the Uncle Tom camp for eternity – the one occupied by the likes of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. That’s where blacks are put who don’t meet the Democratic mantra,” wrote Cheryl Chumley of the Washington Times.

After the pageant, McCullough wept backstage, explaining that she “extremely overwhelmed with joy” and had entered the pageant just for fun.

“I decided to take life as it comes, and if I could encourage anyone else in the world to do that, please – just take your time,” she said in a video posted on the Miss USA Twitter account after the competition. “Understand the process is so much more important to focus on than just looking toward the outcome.”

The beauty queen’s controversial remarks come as Republican senators grapple this week with finding a consensus between moderate and conservative factions on health care to get the 50 votes they need to gut the Affordable Care Act.

Last week, the Trump administration said it is open to letting states impose work requirements, premiums and co-pays on some low-income adults receiving Medicaid.

President Trump owned the Miss Universe Organization, which included the Miss USA Pageant, until he sold it to a talent agency and marketing firm WME-IMG in September 2015.

McCullough was also asked during the competition to define what it means to be a feminist and whether she considers herself a feminist, and her conservative-leaning response about gender was also eyebrow raising.

“As a woman scientist in the government, I’d like to lately transpose the word ‘feminism’ to ‘equalism,’” the pageant winner said. “I don’t really want to consider myself – try not to consider myself like this die-hard, you know, like, ‘Oh, I don’t really care about men.’ But one thing I’m going to say, though, is women, we are just as equal as men when it comes to opportunity in the workplace.”

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