After Miss America World stripped her of the Miss Michigan beauty queen title over her Trump support, Kathy Zhu will be joining the Trump 2020 campaign by serving on the Women for Trump Coalition Advisory Board.
According to LifeSiteNews, the “Team Trump” official Twitter account proudly announced Zhu’s involvement in the campaign on earlier this week. “Team Trump welcomes Kathy Zhu to the Official #WomenforTrump Coalition Advisory Board!” said the account. “[Kathy] is a patriot who has continued to stand for American values despite being stripped of her crown. Thank you for your support of [President Trump].”
Zhu later announced that she was deeply “excited” to serve on the 2020 re-election team. Her hiring comes less than a week after losing her Miss Michigan title for allegedly pushing “offensive, insensitive, and inappropriate content” on her Twitter account.
“Miss World America’s State/National/Chief Director accused me of being racist, Islamaphobic, and insensitive,” Zhu wrote on Twitter, captioning screenshots. “They stripped me of my Miss Michigan title due to my refusal to try on hijab in 2018, my tweet about black on black gun violence, and ‘insensitive’ statistical tweets.”
“It is honestly sad that the left refers to statistics and facts as racist and insensitive,” she later said. “I am very glad that I now have the opportunity to speak out about the unjust treatment of conservatives.”
In an email to Miss World America, Zhu defended her refusal to try on a hijab, citing the women who are abused in the Middle East. “[W]hat is ‘insensitive’ is that women in the Middle East are getting STONED TO DEATH for refusing to obey their husband’s orders to wear hijabs,” she wrote. “A Muslim woman tried to FORCIBLY put a hijab on my head without my permission. I tweeted about it on my social media, and it got the attention of the media. Almost everyone was supportive of me refusing to be put in that situation.”
Following her crown removal, Zhu got into a tense exchange with Alisyn Camerota of CNN, who said her tweets had a “ring of racism” to them.
“Do you see how that could be seen as offensive?” Camerota asked. “Why would you focus on blacks causing black deaths when the majority of white deaths are caused by white people? This is why people think that this has a ring of racism to it. You didn’t mention the white statistic.”
“Again, this was in response to another person’s tweet talking about how cops kill black people,” said Zhu. “This is taken fully out of context. And if you think statistics and facts are racist, then I don’t know what to tell you.”
“You shouldn’t just take tweets out of context. I think it’s super important to see the full context of the tweet, and the full conversation,” Zhu protested. “Everything I posted was statistics and my opinions, and I think that, you know, we should be empowering women’s voices and not just stripping them of their title only because of their opinions.”