Trump-supporting Miss Nevada stripped of title for breaking 'no politics rule', accuses Miss America organizers of bias
The removal of Katie Williams from the pageant set to be held this weekend in Long Beach, California, means that Nevada will not be represented during the contest
Miss Nevada 2019 has been stripped of her crown after she posted a series of right-wing political comments online. Katie Williams, a supporter of President Donald Trump, in her online posts has called the anti-fascist movement Antifa a "terrorist organization" and said that "birth control isn't a right."
According to reports, 29-year-old Williams has reportedly broken the pageant's "no politics rule," and will not be permitted to compete for Miss America.
Williams, who regularly attacks Trump's opponents online and has tweeted that feminism is ruining America, is now claiming that she has been targeted unfairly for her right-wing political views.
Despite Williams' claims, the organizers of the pageant have stated that the 29-year-old is "distorting the facts" and was stripped of her crown only after she refused to take the political messages off from her official Miss Nevada pages.
A fitness instructor from Las Vegas, Williams recently posted a video on Facebook, complaining that she "wasn't even saying anything bad."
The removal of Williams from the Miss America pageant set to be held this weekend at The Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, means that Nevada will not be represented during the contest.
Williams, in her video, said that she followed the requests of the pageant founder and had set up a separate Facebook page, in an attempt to separate her Miss Nevada material from her personal and political postings.
She said that despite that a pageant official "continued to screenshot my page, my personal page, and email me about how she was disappointed and she didn't agree with it and that I needed to speak with her on the phone."
Miss America CEO Susan Jeske, however, stated that although Williams created a separate Facebook account, her political page had images and mentions of Miss America pageant.
Jeske, who is reportedly also a Trump supporter, while talking to NBC, said: "If you're putting pageant stuff on your personal page, then that's a pageant page. You're combing it."
Miss America pageant also released a statement, saying: "Katie Williams is distorting the facts. ALL the pageant asked of Ms. Williams, in writing, is to keep separate social media accounts. (ie: Facebook) One is for politics where she can voice her own opinion as Katie Williams and the other is a new Facebook page for the pageant representing Miss Nevada State 2019."
"None of this had to do with her personal political views. They are immaterial. She has her Personal Facebook page to voice her political views. She could be a President Trump supporter on her Personal Facebook page all she wants for everyone to read. However, the Ms. Nevada Facebook Page should be devoid of political content," the statement continued, adding that Miss America is a "no politics" pageant and that Williams had acknowledged this "both verbally and in writing that she understood these rules before she was accepted."