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Last night was the Miss America Pageant. I did not know that in advance, because who even watches pageants anymore? Unless it’s a Toddlers and Tiaras rerun or something. Is there still baton twirling involved? No one knows! It is a mystery!

These days, they’re trying to make it less of a gross unfeministy thing (so we don’t have to go there and burn our bras or anything, which is very nice of them because bras are EXPENSIVE), so they are now giving the contestants serious political questions. This occurs several days after the swimsuit contest.

So, you know — not quite there yet, but close.

During the question and answer segment, several of the contestants were asked questions directly pertaining to former Miss USA beauty pageant owner Donald Trump, and what a terrible president he is. Their answers — far from the “World peace is like, really good and stuff” answers of yore — are likely to make Trump even more mad than the fact that being President does not allow him to walk around their dressing rooms while they changing.

Getting the most attention this morning is the response from Miss Texas, Margana Wood, to a question about the events in Charlottesville:

Question 2, from judge Jess Cagle: “Last month, a demonstration of neo-Nazis, white supremacists and the KKK in Charlottesville, Va., turned violent and a counterprotester was killed. The president said there was shared blame with ‘very fine people’ on both sides. Were there? Tell me yes or no, and explain.”

Miss Texas, Margana Wood: “I think that the white supremacist issue, it was very obvious that it was a terrorist attack. And I think that President Donald Trump should have made a statement earlier addressing the fact, and making sure all American feel safe in this country, that is the No. 1 issue right now.”

Miss Texas was not fucking around. She only had 20 seconds to answer that question, and threw down just about as hard as anyone could in that amount of time. She certainly did better than Donald Trump did.

Take a moment and appreciate the fact, though, that we now live in a country where calling out white supremacists is A) impressive and ballsy, and B) a thing Miss Texas is better at than the President of the United States.

The eventual winner of Miss America, Miss North Dakota Cara Mund, did not much care for Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris agreement. Because she, unlike Donald Trump, understands that climate change exists:

Question 3, from judge Maria Menounos: “One hundred ninety-five countries signed the Paris agreement, in which each country sets nonbinding goals to reduce man-made climate change. The U.S. is withdrawing from the agreement, citing negligible environmental effects and negative economic impact. Good decision? Bad decision? Which is it and why?”

Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund: “I do believe it’s a bad decision. Once we reject that, we take ourselves out of the negotiation table. And that’s something that we really need to keep in mind. There is evidence that climate change is existing, so whether you believe it or not, we need to be at that table. And I think it’s just a bad decision on behalf of the United States.”

Is there some way that we can make the position of Miss America more official in some capacity? Because I am 100% here for President Miss America and Vice President Miss Texas, both of whom are vastly more qualified to lead our country than Donald Trump or anyone in his administration.

[Washington Post]

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  • george gonzalez

    But I’m sure The Donald will comment that they looked “low energy, sad.”.

    • TJ Barke

      “No tens, sad, not like Miss USA.”

    • ariel_gee_398

      “But I’d need to perv on them in the dressing room before I could give my final score.”

  • SeeTrain65

    Miss Texas can tie her own shoes. That puts her far ahead of Trump on any scale.

  • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher
    • Christopher Story

      Too Buffalo Bill for me. Oops

    • Beanz&Berryz

      They go on so easy….

    • lucidamente

      My dog and I will be in our respective bunks for the rest of the day.

    • schmannity

      Not that kind of duct!

    • IdiokraticCulturalMarxist
    • Ms.Moon

      My sister turned 30 and has graduated to the D cup. She’s found herself in the Lilyette/Bali world and boy is she surprised how much they cost. Happily some of the styles are pretty.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      I have the strangest…

  • Robbertjan Brandenburg

    Saw it this morning and realized that if a Miss Universe or something alike gets more political than POTUS we really missed our exit lane somewhere in 2016.

  • Vincent Ricola

    You know these ladies have heard all the pussygrabbing horror stories from their pageant coaches or whatever those retired beauty queens who help them learn to walk and spray tan correctly are called.

    Get ’em ladies. Fuck that gross pussygrabber right in his stupid face with your words!

  • P’jama Pahnts

    We don’t want to be involved in the Paris agreement, right? It would anger Big Coal!
    Oh, wait…
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-coal/u-s-coal-companies-ask-trump-to-stick-with-paris-climate-deal-idUSKBN1762YY

    • PubOption

      The coal companies are afraid that they will be blacklisted.

      • H0mer0

        [ba dum tish!]

  • Nounverb911

    How did they manage to keep him out of their dressing rooms?

    • Daniel

      There’s an incantation.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Sprinkle tofu and arrugula.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    So, Miss Texas was doing Cagles. Surely you Jess.

  • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

    Is there some way that we can make the position of Miss America more official in some capacity?

    Don’t give the orange shitgibbon any ideas. We don’t need to revive the fictitious rite of Prima Noctae.

  • Beanz&Berryz

    As for baton twirling… Not many people know it, but Bz&Bz’s first Real Girlfriend was a baton twirling majorette… Back in the Day…

  • schmannity

    Trash talk all you want, gals, Trump will blow past all y’alls in the swimsuit competition. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0b096288e35e53a7f8286c60d208fe956ee83e265636d60988295f892365489f.jpg

  • smitallica

    I love the 30 seconds or so every year in which a beauty pageant is relevant and newsworthy.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    All well and good, but can the find Iran on a map?

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Or the Iraq, as such.

  • CripesAmighty

    Well, there you have it: the ‘like, such as,’ crowd are smarter than the president. Had to happen eventually, one supposes–Law of probabilities and whatnot

  • memzilla Ω

    I will give extra credit to Misses Texas and North Dakota for restraining themselves from ending their answers with “For fuck’s sake!”

  • I just read the daily caller’s article on this (followed a link from google news) and they had a slightly different take. They reported on four questions, but only gave the response to the first one, a young women who said that Trump was innocent of collusion because we don’t have enough evidence yet, but if more is found justice should take its course. They seemed pretty outraged that someone would ask young women their opinions on politics. Hmmm, imagine that. Misogyny at its finest.

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      Only legit question in their minds: “How many beautiful, proudly Aryan babies are you planning to birth?”

      • Msgr_MΩment

        AOT,K.

    • OrG

      I have enough evidence.

    • Serai 1

      Funny how that outrage vanishes when the answers come from wingnuts.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      I mean, how is it misogyny? We waited to ask them hard questions until we were sure their bodies were hot enough for us to care about their opinions.

      • Naytch

        Well, all that hard thinking might shunt the blood from their babby-production unit and no house cleaning will get done neither…

  • goonemeritus

    When you have lost the confidence of women who tape their ball gowns to their boobs you have lost America.

    • Covfefe

      Are you a Republican? Then you do have confidence in women who tape their clothes to their boobs, on their way to church.

      • goonemeritus

        Not since the Ford administration

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  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    So Lady Justice will be replaced by Miss America for a shift or two? Good to know!

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C3582MaUEAED7A7.jpg

  • SayItWithWookies

    Who taught those women to speak in complete sentences?! It’s — it’s like I don’t even recognize my own country anymore.

  • Jo Mathie

    This is beautiful, because you just know that Trump watched it and is probably incoherent with rage. The pretty ladies are criticizing him and he can no longer grab them by the tiara. Good for them. There must be a certain amount of pressure to be really neutral when it comes to questions like that, so it says a lot that Trump is getting so unpopular no-one is even pretending to hide how much he’s messed up.

    • Regret

      Hee hee, you think Trump listens to the words that come out of women.
      You think too highly of him.

  • Mpeg

    “They love to watch her strut”… Bob Seger’s old song could be said of any number of pageant contestants… Oddly enough, no pageant contestant has ever selected Bob Seger songs for strutting along to during the talent showcase~

    • Msgr_MΩment

      They do respect her butt
      They love to watch her strut.

      That’s how I like to sing the lyrics; bite me.

      • Covfefe

        I’ll delegate the task of biting you to my dog.

    • Bitter Scribe

      Wasn’t he singing about strippers?

      • covfefesumgame0005

        Donald does not see a difference…

      • VirginiaWackelpudding

        Jane Fonda.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    (so we don’t have to go there and burn our bras or anything, which is very nice of them because bras are EXPENSIVE)

    Tell me about it.
    /speaking for a friend.

    • Bitter Scribe

      Maybe someone could market special, burnable bras, made of, I dunno, papier-mache or something.

      • 🛶🗣️ Mr Canoehead 🛶🗣️

        I remember reading that the whole burning of bras was made up. Surprisingly, by a woman sympathetic to the cause. She thought since people were taking it seriously when people burned their draft cards, that burning bras would help people take feminism seriously. [sadface emoji]

    • proudgrampa

      Really. Have you BOUGHT a bra lately???

    • Roadstergal

      I had my only two white bras ruined by a washing machine recently. I have just stopped wearing white shirts for a while. :p

  • Blackest Noobs

    Texas is changing, y’all.

    • proudgrampa

      Hopefully going back to the way it was (Ann Richardson, Molly Ivins, et al.).

      • Arolpin

        LBJ. Hell, Jim Hightower too.

        • Paul

          I’ve been a subscriber to the “Hightower Lowdown” for ages.

          He’s priceless.

      • Blackest Noobs

        it’s a pendulum, it’s bound to swing the other way.

  • proudgrampa

    IT’S A TIARA!!!!!

    https://youtu.be/duiKAT-33Ss

    • Saxo the Grammarian

      That scene still makes me ROFTL.

  • Martini Ambassador 🍸

    Not only are these ladies far better speakers than the dumbass they put on 60 Minutes last night, they are also a lot easier on the eyes. Next time, Charlie Rose, consider these contestants are more worthy of a prime-time interview.

    • jesterpunk

      Miss teen USA South Carolina from 2007 makes more sense then the POTUS.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww

      • SeeTrain65

        Dear Pageant contestants: “You’ve come a long way, baby.”

        • jesterpunk

          I am pretty sure that is when Donnie still ran the pageant and would walk into the locker rooms. That would mess anyone up.

  • Crystalclear12

    Beauty pageant contestants are making more sense than the president of the United States.
    Stop the planet, I’m getting off here.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    I haven’t seen a Miss America pageant since about ten years before Bert Parks stopped being the emcee.

  • Wild Cat

    So camel toe has been an annoying fetish for how long now?

  • Msgr_MΩment

    You know, we’ve had bad luck with Presinents and Presinential candidates from Texass. Maybe we’re just picking the wrong gender of Texacan@s.

    • Roadstergal

      Molly Ivins and Ann Richards. You might be on to something.

      • marxalot

        Wendy Davis

  • Saxo the Grammarian

    You know we are in deep shit when 20-something beauty pageant contestants are making more sense than the fucking president of the fucking United States.

  • Fartknocker

    I’m giving Kudos to Miss North Dakota for being cognizant to understand global warming while her state has experienced over 700 pipeline oil spills this year. I suspect she’s embracing renewable energy sources.
    https://www.sciencealert.com/north-dakota-has-experienced-more-than-700-oil-spills-in-the-past-year-alone

  • Mavenmaven

    Trump would like to have a talk with her, if you know what I mean.

  • Joe Beese

    Mother Beese is officially Safe.

    She’s without electricity and her condo has (her estimate) at least $10,000 in water damage, which you would expect after getting hit with this:

    https://twitter.com/ABC/status/907004234687582208

    So now we get to do-si-do with her insurance company, which is currently unreachable beneath a predictable avalanche of claimants.

    But she’s safe.

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      Condos are fixable. Humans? Not so much. Glad she is safe.

      • Joe Beese

        And at 82, she’s out of warranty.

        • Jeffery Campbell

          Out of warranty perhaps, but a treasure I’ve no doubt.

        • Ill-Advised

          Not in your heart, not in ours.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      Yay for your mom. It’s pretty impressive that only 5 people were killed in FL., considering the ferocity of the storm. I guess most people didn’t buy Rush Limbaugh’s theory on the hurricane being a hoax, including Rush Limbaugh.

  • fawkedifiknow

    There is nothing as appealing as intelligent young women (and men). Maybe there is hope for the future.

    • WeaselPoo

      Not even intelligent kittens?

      • SomeBigRedDog

        WHAT ABOUT DOGS WHO TYPE ON THE INTERNET?

        • Beanz&Berryz

          Who’s gonna pick THAT up?

        • Serai 1

          YOU’RE THE BEST BOY IN THE WHOLE WORLD AND DON’T LET ANYONE TELL YOU DIFFERENT.

          *scratches your ears*

      • Christopher Story

        Kittens are already ninja masters at emotional manipulation. Any more intelligent and they’ll be growing opposable thumbs.

        • Beanz&Berryz

          Many of us is suckerz for cutenesses.

        • Ill-Advised

          That’s what their servants are for.

    • Les Appentis De la résistance

      Secretraty of State after Rexxon quits. Secretaries are supposed to be girls after all.

  • beatbort

    Miss America for Secretary of the Interior, or EPA head. Now.

  • clairence

    ok. well. the march was not a terrorist attack. just sayin. that asswipe who ran his car into the crowd– that was a terrorist attack. besides that, I enjoyed her enthusiasm.

    And, good job, Miss North Dakota.

  • marxalot

    After some consideration, I’ve decided that I can be both impressed and gratified with the caliber of beauty pageant contestants we’ve got here and inconsolable over the fact that our government is occupied by people who are neither as intelligent nor as articulate as a pageant queen.

    • Charon_69

      I’m encouraged by the fact that with him no longer personally involved/lurking they can say things they likely wanted to years ago…yet a little sad a) it took until 2017 and b) there was likely much, much more the contestants wanted to speak up about in prior years but felt pressured/unable to do so

  • Roadstergal

    “Because I am 100% here for President Miss America and Vice President Miss Texas, both of whom are vastly more qualified to lead our country than Donald Trump or anyone in his administration.”

    Damning the ladies with faint praise, there.

  • Bub, the cynical zombie

    Jonathan Chait reaches some correct conclusions about the state of American politics:

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/09/the-only-problem-in-american-politics-is-the-republicans.html

    • P’jama Pahnts

      Good stuff.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      I recommended that article earlier today. It’s so right on the money.

    • weighmaster

      Thanks for the link.

  • Roadstergal
    • YoBunnyBunny

      The Pakistani novelist Kamila Shamsie once observed that there are “two
      Americas” — one at home and one abroad. The first is the America of
      Hollywood, work-in-progress democracy, civil rights movements and Ellis
      Island. The second is the America of coups and occupations, military
      dictators and CIA plots, economic meddling and contempt for foreign
      cultures. The rest of the world knows both Americas. But as Shamsie has
      written, Americans don’t seem aware of the second one at all.

      I don’t think that Americans aren’t “aware” of 2nd America, just that we don’t see why 2nd America is such a fucking problem for people who are in Not America. We’re all about intervening in other bad (“brown”) people’s countries, and it’s easy to think they we’re “heroes” when it’s not our houses and families getting blown to smithereens.

      Not too long ago, I was talking with someone who thought that America should have intervened more on the side of autocrats in the MidEast during the Arab Spring just to “restore order”. It was like arguing with a wall trying to explain that America’s giving support to repressive regimes that their own people are trying to get rid of makes those people hate us mightily (or at least be disappointed in the U.S.). Especially when we hype our own democracy while not allowing them their own democracy.

  • WeaselPoo

    These things…i like looking at attractive women being attractive and stuff but the format makes me cringe…

    • Roadstergal

      You don’t like the idea of attractive women being paraded around in a variety of outfits for your viewing pleasure, like chattel? What kind of American are you?

      • OutOfOrbit

        you seem a little bit growly today

        • Roadstergal

          I _am_ a bit shrill.

          • Vagenda and Pee-ara

            Smile!

          • OutOfOrbit

            you have every right to it.
            stay growly, my friend.

            we’re all in this together

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      My father used to compare them to horse shows.

  • chascates

    And I imagine most of the contestants have a better grasp of economics, science, and current affairs than does our Grifter-in-Chief.

  • P’jama Pahnts

    Hmmm, comments have slowed down. Must be another post up.

  • OneYieldRegular

    So there’s actually hope that beauty pageants will one day be replaced by brains pageants?

    • jesterpunk
      • OutOfOrbit

        actually there are a lot of hotties in brainy-sciencey jobs and there could be a lot more of if more guys were not so chicken-shit afraid of smrt chicks

        • YoBunnyBunny

          And stopped posting windy-ass “Manifestos” whenever a lady person walks into their man-zone safe space.

        • Ill-Advised

          “Men are afraid women will laugh at them.”

          “Women are afraid men will kill them.”

          The best example ever warehouseman of the weaknesses of a both-siderism, false-equivalency argument.

          Let’s laugh at Trump and see if it kills him. I bet, somehow, he survives it.

      • Les Appentis De la résistance

        “Math Doesn’t Suck”? What is she implying?

        • jesterpunk

          People keep saying math (and science) suck because they are hard.

          • Chyron HR

            Well, of course. How are you going to suck if they’re not hard?

        • HellhathnofuryDemme

          Math CAN suck!
          I get that, cause I STILL panic when I’m faced with simple arithmetic, (and my dad was a math teacher).

          • Paul

            …carry the square root of the function to the divisor…

    • CripesAmighty

      What, are you some sort of commynist subversive?

    • therblig

      yes, but ironically, the prizes will not be scholarships, but baskets of scented bath soaps. can’t have everything.

  • (((Alt-Sedagive)))

    Headline 2017:

    “Beauty Pageant Contestant Condemns Nazis on National Television, Speaks Truth to Power.”

    We are doomed.

    • therblig

      “Trump Supporters Stop in Mid-Stroke, Have Strokes”

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        They can alway go back to fapping to Tomi Lahren

    • Serai 1

      On the contrary, this gives me hope.

      • Red Bird

        Yes. The herd has split in two.

  • The Librarian

    The answers these two Misses gave are most impressive, given the cringe-worthy ones we’ve heard in the past.

  • Beowoof14

    Pretty clear anyone of them would be a better president than Money Boo Boo.

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    Dolt 45 has not had a single fuckable day, which makes me sad for some odd reason. I mean, I can just see the sad little turd floating around in his college punch bowl telling women how rich he is just hoping to get laid.

  • Zyxomma

    I agree with the sentiment, Robyn, but if they’re young enough to compete for Miss America, they’re not old enough to be president. Too bad.

    • therblig

      wasn’t the gop considering amending the constitution so we could have President Terminator?

      • Serai 1

        I’d HAPPILY take Ah-nult as a replacement for the Annoying Orange.

        • Mehmeisterjr

          Based on his crap job as Governor of California, I wouldn’t happily take him over Trump but I would grudgingly take him.

          • Serai 1

            He was a damn sight better than most of the governors we’ve had. I remember fucking Reagan, thank you. AND he’s a dyed-in-the-wool social liberal. He’s not easily cowed and he believes in people being allowed to be who they are in order to take part in our society. He’s better than pretty much any other Republican, and honestly, he’s better than some Democrats.

          • redarmyzombie

            I remember at first he *did* try that usual Republican nonsense when he first took office, but he learned pretty quickly after he got thrashed in that “special” ballot he pushed…

  • IdiotsforPalin

    The only way Dump would listen to these girls, is if they were topless with bikini bottoms

    • Les Appentis De la résistance

      If they planted little suggestion notes inside their pussies, he would probably do whatever they said to.

      • Roadstergal

        Donald is the new Berlusconi.

        • Mehmeisterjr

          That makes sense because covfefe is American for bunga bunga.

        • Yellerduck

          No, Berlusconi actually managed to accomplish some stuff between orgies.

  • Mystery_Poster

    The potted plant I keep on my porch is more qualified to be president than ol’ D2S (that’s Donnie 2 scoops)

    • BillEGoatSmirk

      I believe Vicente Fox made a similar point in his recent “campaign” video.

    • Alexander Stallwitz

      Things and or people that are more qualifed to be president than Trump. A bucket of warm spit, My cat Sofia. A Catcus or a Ficus plant, Mitt Romney, the Pillsbury Dough Boy, Bigfoot, and Morgan Freeman and Martin Sheen.

  • Shibusa

    I’d be willing to bet that Margana Wood is getting death threats today from some of Trump’s white supremacist cult followers. I admire her for speaking up.

    • H0mer0

      do ya think she may also be getting death threats from fans of King Arthur who mistake her for his half sister?

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    Maybe instead of a year long presidential campaign, we should just skip all the debates and conventions and have a swim suit competition

    • Roadstergal

      Obama still woulda won.

      • Serai 1

        I dunno. His legs are kinda skinny. He’d lose points in the swim trunks competition.

        • Beanz&Berryz

          It’s all in the context of the competition…

        • BearDeLaOursistance

          That’s why we have the Al Green competition. After hearing Bamz sing that, I’ve had to talk to my doctor every four hours, like they say in the commercials.

    • Les Appentis De la résistance

      See the burn!

      • Jimh

        win.

  • Rebel Scum with permit

    These women hopefully have publicists to monitor their social media accounts, because they’re going to get deluged with every kind of ugliness, starting with excoriation by the right wing media and going on to rape and death threats from Twitlers army.

    • Serai 1

      Going to? I’d bet serious money they’re already being hit with that shit.

    • Nasty Girl Brianna

      Which is the Number One reason to stay off Twitler.

    • Charon_69

      horrible, but likely true…

    • redarmyzombie

      From Twitlers Shitzstaffel?

  • Red Bird

    Good lord, Americans speak English poorly. We should definitely make it our official language.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      There’s an idea. Then maybe the inability to speak coherent English would be an impeachable offense.

      • Red Bird

        Yes. I think that language skills are being a problem in these days. We should definitely stans on examples of our leaders to show the young people the true, right ways to talk the English.

        • Beanz&Berryz

          indubitably

      • Jimh

        Yes, in spite of the otherwise negative covfefe.

    • bbayliss

      Like this?
      “…we take ourselves out of the negotiation table.”

      • Red Bird

        Straight outta suburbia.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      I could care less, irregardless and cetera.

      • Augustus

        it seems like the shoe on the other foot that fits has finally dropped, EH SMARTY PANTS

        • sgt. jmk of the résistance

          It’s a doggy dog world out there.

      • Nockular cavity

        This is an inflammable comment, and flammable, also, too.

      • Weird Fishes

        Moar !!!!1!1!!!11!!11 needed

      • commatoes

        ISWYDT. Supposably.

    • Incoming Ham

      What, and loose our diversity?

    • commatoes

      Are you a Prescriptionist?

      • Red Bird

        When I was a child I used to memorize the dictionary. One letter at a time. #truefact

  • Les Appentis De la résistance

    I upvote this whole post in general.

  • Walter Wellstone

    Was Tomi Lahren that dumbass Miss Teen South Carolina of Interwebs fame? I can never tell them apart.

    • commatoes

      Nope. But I feel a bit sorry for the Miss Teen South Carolina. She must have been swimming in flop sweat. Tomi Lahren comes by her stoopid the old fashioned way. She earns it.

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    Yes, incredibly, there is still baton twirling. I couldn’t believe it either, especially given that a lot of these women are in grad school, medical school, and law school. Oh, but there’s no more misogyny. We are post-misogyny. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ed02f72e5e36f99f95673f868ee19baa8689cec3133a0b5f08d39ac58cfdbed7.png

    • SisterArtemis

      Well, baton twirling does seem a bit superfluous and perhaps even ridiculous in this day and age, but I still can’t do it, and admire those who’s nimble fingers can deftly toss and spin those shiny sticks.

      • BeachBum

        I totally admire nimble fingers on shiny sticks !

      • House0fTheBlueLights

        Baton twirling is essentially magic, but your $100K scholarship to law school shouldn’t be riding on it.

        • Red Bird

          No, it should be riding on how you look in a swimsuit and whether or not you can answer a random question with the right mixture of gravitas and girlish charm.

    • pgjack

      Think of it as juggling with fancy sticks. It’s not all that easy And not everyone has a good voice or can dance.

    • commatoes

      I know some exceptional people that have some incongruous talents/hobbies. A Phd. in Comp. Lit. plays Spanish guitar in a small club on weekends, a lawyer that likes to tap dance, and a vascular surgeon with an encyclopaedic knowledge of pop music that used to be a radio DJ in university. It is good to have a hobby that brings you happiness. Baton twirling? It could have got her a small scholarship as there are some very oddly specific ones, e.g. Polynesian dancing.

      • Psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers, you may recall, won big on “The $64,000 Question” thanks to her knowledge of boxing.

    • phoenix00

      I believe feminism means if she can twirl those sticks well, and chooses to twirl those sticks, twirl those sticks she shall, and let noone tell her otherwise.

      • House0fTheBlueLights

        The problem is someone is telling her otherwise. This is a holdover from the whole “well-rounded young lady” bullshit that says a woman’s highest accomplishments are her beauty, fashion sense, ability to hold polite conversation, good works, and some random artistic talent. I wouldn’t actually care–beauty pageants gonna beauty pageant–except that the Miss America Pageant, appallingly, is the largest women’s scholarship program in the country, and this is how they judge it. So, no, sorry, feminism does not mean my livelihood is dependent on outmoded definitions of femininity. Because otherwise, what’s the fucking point of feminism.

  • Jenny

    Yay Miss Tejas!

  • Roadstergal
    • Edith Prickly

      Excellent payoff at the end.

  • JD Mulvey

    All USA Americans can appreciate these young ladies telling off our so-called president.

    • redarmyzombie

      “All patriotic USA Americans can appreciate these young ladies telling off our so-called president.”

      There, fixed it!

  • JD Mulvey

    Today’s women are free! (… to express their smart political views while taping up their boobs and parading around a stage in a bikini…) You’ve come a long way baby!

    • H0mer0

      to think that very thing blackballed Eartha Kitt’s career back when she expressed such a view to LBJ within the lifetime of some of us.

      • JD Mulvey

        Let me see… There’s something slightly different about Eartha and this Miss Texas, but I can’t quite put my finger on what it is…

  • pgjack

    How strange having beauty pageant contestants making so much more sense then the leadership of the country. Maybe they should start making the contests more about being smart and well informed rather than hot.

    • commatoes

      IIRC, the top prize used to be a scholarship. For the MAGA folks, those were the days when college campuses were exclusively (aside from HBCU) white and male or as you like to call it, “The Good Ole Days”.

    • H0mer0

      why not both? or AOT,K?

  • Hiam J Beaudry

    Nope. Did anybody actually read what she said? “I think that the white supremacist issue, it was very obvious that it was a terrorist attack.” Didn’t say a damn thing about who was implicated – the very thing Trump didn’t say that you’re shitting all over him for – and her only call for change was that he should have said something sooner, not something saner.

    You are reading what you want into her words.

    • gratuitous

      She’s a contestant in a beauty pageant hot-taking a question without a preview in 20 seconds. Instead of reading the text, try watching the clip; her intent is unmistakable.

      President Trump, by contrast, had (presumably) a team of staffers reviewing the situation, a day or two to rehearse, and still coughed up a hairball before other people finally got through to him that there decidedly weren’t “fine people” on both sides of the Nazi / anti-Nazi divide.

    • Her intent was clear enough to freak out the usual suspects. Pretty sure her answer was clear?

  • aureolaborealis
  • Kooolest G

    before we let miss america be president, I think we need to remember that anita bryant was miss oklahoma, and sarah palin was miss wasilla. and if this is the way we choose presidents, the republicans will just find a way to ratfuck it anyway

  • Oneofthebobs

    Make Miss America Great Again

    • H0mer0

      [my avatar likes how that acronym sounds. Like mmm…mmaga(followed by a drooling sound.)]

  • MOG253

    Forgot this,was still a thing.

  • whitroth

    Just goes to show, not *everyone* in TX is a maroon. There’s some damn fine people there, or come from there.

    Including my …late… wife.

  • handyhippie65

    when a beauty queen has a more eloquent and thoughtful answer to a serious political question than the president, you know we are doomed.

  • OrdinaryJoe

    Too bad. Miss Texas is such a nice looking blonde. She’ll be blackballed at FuxNuz for sure.

    PS. Is it too soon to say the people of Florida and Texas are paying the direct price of climate change denial as we sit here? And that we are all going to pay at some point, one way or another?

    • commatoes

      Not too soon if it is obvious.

  • Ill-Advised

    We need to find out if answering political questions while wearing swimsuits causes confusion. This could be the secret weapon to neutralize Fox News!

    • H0mer0

      a comedian had a monologue about how unfair it was for his girlfriend to argue with him once they were buck nekked.

  • WomanInThePersistence

    Well this is a very nice thing. Yay! for both of these women.

    • Smart women. Wonder if the conservasphere is screaming about how Liberal the Miss America Pageant is now.
      I hope they are ^.^

      • unionthuggery

        They are.

        My otherwise intelligent friend, currently living in Japan. Was all, “the evil media are manipulating these beauty contestants into being anti-trump.”

        Also something about how the Klingons in the new Star Trek are supposed to be Trump supporters, so he can’t watch Trek anymore. I tried to point out that Klingons have always been a representation of extreme conservatism, and that if he doesn’t want to watch new Star Trek, there are plenty of better reasons than that. Like how it looks like hot garbage in the previews.

  • Celtic_Gnome

    Those gals better drop a few pounds if they wanted to express opinions like that.

    • Delu

      And that’s necessary because?

      • H0mer0

        [snark, mang]

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Sorry. Snark. Our Predisent has a tendency to dismiss any woman who criticizes him by making derogatory remarks about their appearance.

        Just channeling my inner Trump.

  • Aaron_000

    Miss Julia Sugarbaker talking about her sister’s baton twirling in the Miss Georgia Beauty Pageant on Designing Women. I love this scene.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOllz6eGbXI

    • sillyclucker

      I truly wish we could have a Julia Sugarbaker run for president. I aspire to rant as eloquently as she did.

  • Delu

    According to the Trumpians (and a particular troll over at MJ). These women are all “walking in lockstep” with the “ebil MAINSTREAM MEDIA” because of course they are, and UNJUSTIFIABLY hitting those poor widdle Nazis in the crotches while they are down.

    Because you see, it was only a SMALL LITTLE group of them in Charlottesville after all (no it wasn’t) and so therefore not racist Nazis (even though they clearly indicated they are racist Nazis) and also FREE SPEECH because what else?

    Trump’s America is this.

    • HazooToo

      Wait, but I thought random women were gonna want to fuck the Nazis, now? Weird…

  • Shawn Renee Ernoehazy

    I am a little worried that they will now be targeted by the Trump crowd. Do they have security people?

  • Lyly Sirivong

    I despise the concept of having to answer complex questions in 15 seconds (has any contestant ever been asked how to resolve the israeli-palestinian conflict ?) But I do appreciate when a contestant manage to give a thoughtful answer in a short time.

    • phoenix00

      Kushner: “I’ll take that one!”

      • Lyly Sirivong

        I was actually thinking “if a girl already had to answer this question, maybe she could work for Jared Kushner.”

  • phoenix00

    DON’T TELL DONALD TRUMP!!!!! He’s gonna barge into their locker room and grab them by the pussy!

  • Papa Guns

    Does this mental masturbation actually help you all?

    Hillary didn’t win the presidency.
    Maxine waters has been hit with 3 ethics investigations and will be censured in Congress.
    Nancy Pelosi is reduced to gibberish and the best candidate that you can come up with for president is a fake Indian and an AG who took bribes from planned parenthood to prosecute people?
    Just stop.
    You used to be better than this.
    It’s no more than gay theatre.

    • Tiny kaiju

      Does wasting your time running your pissflaps on blog where the Editrix’s three year old has better grasp of the political scene than you have make you feel smart?
      Gay theater is the best theater. See Randy Rainbow for proof.
      The Maxine Waters thing is from 2010 and nothing came out of it.
      The Senator Professor Warren thing has been debunked more times than anyone ever has hot dinners.
      Pelosi? Gibberish? I take you haven’t been listening to our president then. Now, that’s some quality gibberish spilling out of the Oval Office these days. Also, see Louis Gohmert for a how to guide on producing Grade A gibberish.
      I was stumped by the AG thing then I realized your talking about Senator
      Harris. At that point my brain completely gave up and tried to leave my skull to get away from your crap.
      literally the only thing accurate thing you posted above was that Hilary didn’t get elected POTUS. I’ll speculate that the almost certain interference of a FOREIGN FUCKING GOVERNMENT in that election process doesn’t trouble you a whit. q
      I do enjoy wasting my time throwing literary acid at morons who think anyone here might consider them informative or entertaining. You aren’t even Dear Dear Shit for Brains material.
      Your name and avatar are so adorable. Yeah we get the anti-resistance joke. Unfortunately you are way to dumb and predictable even for a storm trooper. Hell, even the Clone Army would pass on you.

      • Papa Guns

        Aww…did I trigger you? Hahahah you’re trolling me so I must have made you all angry!
        I will save your tears for my covffee

        • Tiny kaiju

          I am trolling you because sometimes I like to relax by poking idiots with words.. It’s like boxing, but less sweaty. I like to think it keeps my vocabulary it shape. Here are some random words I never assigned to you: Thick, trite, mean spirited, bores, boring, obtuse, tedious, Louis Gohmert cosplayer, wanker, locust tree sapling (if you ever met one, you’ll get the reference), tasteless, uncouth, a short fingered vulgarian, a SPAM eating buffoon,
          extinct species of trilobite, that weird pink slime mold you find growing in the bathtub, the color taupe, verbally flatulent, I was to say liar but I think you lack the self awareness to actually lie. You just spout some nonsense that you’ve heard with the goal off ticking people off. Even grade school,children can do better than that. Bored now. Bye.

          • Papa Guns
          • Tiny kaiju

            I don’t get it. It doesn’t look like it has anything to do with panties.

          • Papa Guns

            You know what? Its not my fault that you cant get it.
            Blame your sped teacher.

          • Tiny kaiju

            Snookums, I could only hope your work on this plane of existence is done. What you’re getting here is insomnia and no booze. Sadly you’re not boring me enough to make me fall asleep.

        • Tiny kaiju

          You used coffee as something other than a sign the president is senile? How utterly adorable.

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