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The Miss America contest took a surprisingly political turn in 2017. Let's just say viewers who tuned into ABC on Sunday night expecting a beauty contest could tell a Republican president was back in the White House.

All eyes were especially on Miss Texas in light of Hurricane Harvey's devastating impact on her home state. The red state had pulled together in a magnificent show of unity, defying all barriers that divided residents — especially politics.

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That's one reason it was so disappointing to see ABC play politics with an event that might have been another uplifting diversion from the natural disasters and partisan environment.

The judges panel waited until nearly the end of the pageant to unveil its toughest challenge for the contestants: Who can slam President Donald Trump the most? Or so it seemed.

The judges announced Miss Texas Margana Wood had made it to the question round. This was the question she was asked:

Here is a transcription of the question:

“Last month a demonstration of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the KKK in Charlottesville turned violent and a counter-protestor 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 then got political with a bold answer:

“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 that all Americans feel safe in this country. That is the number one issue right now.”

This pointed answer blaming the president for his response garnered reactions:

Miss Texas, it should be said, did not win. The crown went to Miss North Dakota Cara Mund, who slammed President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accords.

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Miss America 2018 was a loss for viewers who tuned in to see a beauty pageant free from blatant partisanship.

Can't ABC and the left-wing judges give Texans and Americans a beauty pageant without divisive politics? One might say they've earned it.

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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