Miss District of Columbia became Miss USA 2017 over the weekend, and social media users are roasting the right-leaning victor, per Daily Mail.Kara McCullough is a 25-year-old nuclear chemist who works for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
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‘I’m extremely thankful for this opportunity,’ she said after the event. ‘I just want to encourage so many women nationwide to find their passion in any subject possible and understand that nothing is difficult if you really, truly put the work in for it.’
McCullough is a graduate of South Carolina State University. The new Miss USA received a degree in chemistry.
‘I love science,’ McCullough said after the Sunday event. ‘I look at this as a great opportunity to … get to experience worldwide culture, as well as just having the opportunity to be impacted by so many children, hopefully in the math and sciences.’
While at school, she was a member of the Honors College, the American Chemical Society, the Health Physics Society, the American Association of Blacks in Engineering and the American Nuclear Society.
The winner surprised viewers, however, when she was asked about some of her more political viewpoints.
During the final round of the competition, each competitor was asked what they consider feminism to be, and whether or not they consider themselves feminists.
McCullough said she prefers not to use the word ‘feminist,’ and instead ‘transferred the word feminist to equalism.’
McCullough also expanded on her views on healthcare.
In the questions portion, she was also individually asked if affordable healthcare is a right or privilege, responding that she thought that healthcare should only go to those with jobs.
‘As a government employee, I’m granted health care. And I see firsthand that for one, to have health care, you need to have jobs, so 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,’ she explained.
Twitter users went nuts (via CNN):
— Charlsley✿ (@CharlsleyCarey) May 15, 2017
— Makho Ndlovu (@makhondlovu) May 15, 2017
— Courtney Blakely (@Court_Blakely) May 15, 2017
The Virginia native will go on to compete in the Miss Universe competition later this year.