The conservative Michigan woman who claimed she was dismissed from the Miss World America pageant because her tweets about black-on-black gun violence and refusing to try on a hijab were deemed ‘offensive, insensitive and inappropriate’ as joined the Trump reelection campaign.
‘I am so excited to now be part of the #WomenforTrump Coalition Advisory Board!’ Zhu tweeted Thursday. ‘Let’s get Trump re-elected for 2020.’
The 20-year-old’s tweet followed the announcement which was made by @TeamTrump, the official campaign Twitter handle for President Trump’s campaign, which welcomed her to the re-election efforts earlier in the day.
Kathy Zhu, 20, revealed Thursday that she had joined President Trump’s re-election campaign and is part of the Women for Trump Coalition Advisory Board
Conservative University of Michigan student Zhu (left) said on July 18 that she was stripped of her Miss Michigan title and dumped from the Miss World American pageant
Zhu revealed that she is part of the Trump re-election campaign in a tweet
TeamTrump called Zhu ‘a patriot who has continued to stand for American values despite being stripped of her crown’ and thanked her for supporting Trump.
Speaking at a Women for Trump Luncheon in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, on Friday, Zhu said that ‘It seems harder to come out as a conservative than it does as being gay,’ according to the Detroit Free Press.
She added that ‘People wanted to ridicule me’ and claimed that ‘There were so many times that my account got hacked from the left.’
Zhu, a political commentator and University of Michigan student, made headlines are she said that she had received an email from Miss World American pageant organizers on July 18, informing her that she had been dumped from the contest, in which she had been crowned Miss Michigan, due to her social media content.
The email, which Zhu tweeted, said that she was supposedly told that 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.”‘
Zhu’s announcement followed a tweet from Trump’s campaign, which called Zhu ‘a patriot’
Zhu, a Donald Trump fan, claimed that pageant organizers dismissed her on the basis of her social media posts which they said in an email were ‘offensive, insensitive and inappropriate’
Zhu is seen in multiple social media posts wearing Trump’s Make America Great Again hat. She is pictured with Donald Trump Jr. (right)
She was also instructed to remove any mentions or pictures of herself representing Miss World America.
Zhu 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.’
‘I have seen this happen before,’ Zhu, a Donald Trump fan, told the Detroit Free Press, adding that ‘It is just not okay to be prejudiced against people who just have a different political view as you.’
The first tweet that Zhu believes led to her being dropped from the pageant was from 2018, when she was a student at University of Central Florida. On the campus’ World Hijab Day, she said that she opted not to try on a hijab when the offer was made.
Instead, according to the Detroit Free Press, she took to Twitter, writing ‘So you’re telling me that it’s now just a fashion accessory and not a religious thing? Or are you just trying to get women used to being oppressed under Islam?’
Before her title was taken away from her and she told she couldn’t represent the pageant anymore, she had been preparing to compete in the preliminaries and finals
Zhu believes tweets about refusing to try on a hijab and black-on-black gun violence were the posts that Miss World America officials were unhappy about
Zhu shared a picture of herself on Facebook holding a gun, while wearing a MAGA hat, standing in front of a MAGA sign. She said that as Miss Michigan, she did not intend to use her social media accounts to promote her conservative political views
The second tweet, Zhu said, was a response to another Twitter user, in which Zhu wrote ‘Did you know the majority of black deaths are caused by other blacks? Fix problems within your own community before blaming others.’
Zhu deleted both tweets at some point.
She said that her tweet about women getting ‘used to being oppressed under Islam’ was meant to be a comment on how ‘there are so many women in Middle Eastern countries that are being punished and stoned for refusing to wear a hijab.’
As to the ‘black deaths’ tweet, Zhu said, that the sentiment applied to ‘every community’ and that people need to ‘fix things in your own community before lashing out at others and trying to find an issue there.’
She added that what ‘It is not a problem against black people. Obviously I am not racist or stuff like that.’
On Twitter Thursday, Zhu wrote, ‘Someone called me an islamophobic for not wanting to put on a hijab. Someone called me a racist because I recognize that black people kill more blacks than police do. Good luck to those who are as gullible as this.’
She noted that Miss World America didn’t provide a clear enough definition of what ‘insensitive’ means and that she still doesn’t believe she had made any insensitive posts.
Popular conservatives, including Jack Psobiec, showed their support for Zhu on Twitter
Conservative singer Joy Villa also weighed in on the issue, tweeting ‘#stopthebias’
Zhu told Yahoo! Lifestyle that Miss World America is ‘not letting people that represent another side of the story represent them.
‘They only want someone to say things that people want to hear. And there’s a lot of things in this world that it’s hard to hear, but it’s the truth,’ she added.
Despite tweeting under the username @PoliticalKathy, Zhu told Yahoo that she was not planning to use her social media platforms to promote her conservative political views, but just to encourage people to speak out for whatever they believe in.
But, in being released from the pageant, she said, she isn’t being given the opportunity to prove it.
‘It’s not even about a crown or a pageant,’ Zhu said. ‘It’s about the fact that people really do discriminate against people with conservative views.’
Popular and prominent conservatives have come to Zhu’s defense on social media.
‘This is insane. @MissWorldLtd Beauty Queen @PoliticalKathy stripped of her Miss Michigan title for…being a CONSERVATIVE? Unbelievable. #stopthebias,’ singer Joy Villa tweeted.
‘Yet another example of #Magaphobia,’ wrote One America News host Jack Posobiec.
Miss World America has not commented on the situation yet.