When Asked About White Supremacy At The Miss America Pageant, Miss Texas Didn't Hold Back

"... making sure all Americans feel safe in this country."

The Miss America pageant was held on Sunday, September 10 in Atlantic City, N.J., and in addition to showcasing their talents and participating in the swimsuit competition, young women vying for the coveted title were asked multiple hard-hitting questions from a panel of assembled judges.

When it was Miss Texas' turn for a query, Margana Wood — the 22-year-old representing the Lone Star State — fielded a question from People and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle regarding her thoughts on President Trump's response to the deadly White supremacist rally in Charlottesville. While Trump was widely criticized for declaring there was violence "on many sides," Wood took a decidedly different stance.

"I think that the White supremacist issue, it was very obvious that it was a terrorist attack," the University of Texas at Austin grad unwaveringly declared, per BuzzFeed News. "And I think that President Donald Trump should've made a statement earlier addressing the fact, and in making sure all Americans feel safe in this country. That is the No. 1 issue right now."

As you can see from the video clip below, it took Wood less than 20 seconds to denounce White supremacy and express her obvious dissatisfaction in the president's reluctance to condemn such a belief system. 

Her bold response was met with uproarious applause and plenty of praise on social media. As one Twitter user succinctly put it, "Miss Texas just gave a stronger answer on White Supremacists than the President of the United States."

HuffPost notes Wood's response last night is in line with her platform, which is one that's against bullying and in support of equality and inclusion. 

"It's important for everyone to hear the phrase because they do ― everybody belongs," Wood previously told Out Smart, a Houston-based magazine for the LGBTQ community. 

Though Wood placed fifth overall in the pageant that, according to Bustle, has no ties to President Trump, Cagle noted on Instagram she had the "best answer of the night," adding he was "proud" to be from her state of Texas.

"She nailed it!" one person wrote.


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