Model Kathy Zhu, 20, who was stripped of Miss Michigan title over 'racist' tweets has joined Trump's reelection campaign
The Trump campaign called Kathy Zhu 'a patriot who has continued to stand for American values despite being stripped of her crown'.
A woman from Michigan, who claimed she was dismissed from the Miss World America pageant because of her "offensive" tweets about refusing to try on a hijab and her take on black-on-black gun violence, has joined President Donald Trump's reelection campaign.
The woman, Kathy Zhu, took to Twitter on July 25, to write: "I am so excited to now be part of the #WomenforTrump Coalition Advisory Board! Let's get Trump re-elected for 2020." Her tweet came soon after @TrumpTeam, the official handle of the Trump campaign, welcomed her to the reelection efforts.
The Trump campaign called Zhu "a patriot who has continued to stand for American values despite being stripped of her crown" and thanked the 20-year-old for supporting Trump.
Zhu, while speaking at a Women for Trump Luncheon in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan on July 26, said: "It seems harder to come out as a conservative than it does as being gay." She added that "people wanted to ridicule me" and claimed "there were so many times that my account got hacked from the left."
Zhu, a University of Michigan student and political commentator, was in the news earlier this month as she said that she had received an email from Miss World American pageant organizers on July 18, informing her that she had been dismissed from the contest because of her social media content. Zhu was crowned Miss Michigan in the contest.
Zhu, on Twitter, said that the email stated "her social media accounts contain offensive, insensitive and inappropriate content" and were "in violation of MWA's rules and conditions", specifically the contest requirement of "being of good character and whose background is not likely to bring into disrepute Miss World America."'
The 20-year-old was also asked to remove any mentions or pictures of herself representing Miss World America. Zhu subsequently tweeted that "Miss World America's State/National/Chief Director accused me of being racist, Islamaphobic, and insensitive. They stripped me of my Miss Michigan title due to my refusal to try on a hijab in 2018, my tweet about black on black gun violence, and 'insensitive' statistical tweets."
Zhu, a conservative and a Trump fan, told the Detroit Free Press: "I have seen this happen before. It is just not okay to be prejudiced against people who just have a different political view as you."
One of Zhu's controversial comments included a tweet where she wrote: "Did you know the majority of black deaths are caused by other blacks? Fix problems within your own community before blaming others." In another controversial comment, when she was a student at the University of Central Florida, she opted not to try on a hijab on World Hijab Day when she offered an opportunity. She later said that her tweet was about women getting "used to being oppressed under Islam."