Liberals lit up the internet after 25-year-old Kara McCullough of Washington, D.C., won the 2017 Miss USA beauty pageant Sunday. No, they weren’t commending her for her impressive career as a scientist for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. And nor were they applauding her noble efforts to get more women involved in the math and science fields.
Instead, they busied themselves criticizing McCullough and tearing her down because she has conservative political positions.
Here’s what’s causing the uproar: During the pageant, McCullough was asked if she thinks that affordable healthcare for all U.S. citizens is a right or a privilege. She responded, “I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege. As a government employee, I’m granted healthcare and I see firsthand that for one to have healthcare, you need to have jobs.”
Later in the competition, McCullough was asked if she considers herself a feminist. Once again breaking from the liberal mold, she rejected the term “feminism” altogether and said she prefers the term “equalism.”
The nasty reaction on Twitter from the sneering left was swift:
#MissUSA Miss DC just lost me with that answer….Affordable healthcare is a privilege? Girl bye. pic.twitter.com/Q5mU7PIlx1
— Kat ❤ (@dazella_may) May 15, 2017
So #MissDC wins #MissUSA after saying healthcare is a privilege not a right? This is the world we live in now??? Yikes. No. Just no.
— Eliza Orlins (@eorlins) May 15, 2017
The winner of #MissUSA says health care is not a right & feminism is bad. It’s like Ben Carson saying slaves came to to have opportunity.
— Joe Negan (@mynameisNegan) May 15, 2017
The apoplectic response to McCullough’s answers exposes liberal hypocrisy. Those on the left claim to cherish diversity, yet many won’t acknowledge that diversity is deeper than just skin color. When it comes to diversity of thought, there is little tolerance.
This has proven to be true over and over, whether it be at Berkeley University, where students savagely burned down their own campus to protest a conservative speaker, at Bethune-Cookman University where Trump’s Education Secretary was loudly booed throughout her entire speech, or on Twitter after Miss USA gives a non-liberal answer.
Rather than celebrate a strong, successful, African-American woman who speaks up for her own opinions, liberals — who love to call themselves feminists — would rather slam her for not reciting the proper political message.
Being a feminist used to mean supporting strong women, from all walks of life, who aren’t afraid to be independent and live life on their own terms. But today, it seems that being a feminist entails demanding special privileges, victimizing women, and shaming females who aren’t proud liberals.
Unfortunately, the fact that McCullough apparently is conservative negates her noble goal to encourage more women to go into math and science—two fields where they are currently underrepresented. Currently, women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, yet only comprise 39 percent of chemists, 28 percent of environmental scientists, 16 percent of chemical engineers, and 12 percent of civil engineers.
Surely, advocating for women to enter fields that are traditionally dominated by men should be viewed positively be feminists. But none of that matters, because she doesn’t fit the liberal mold.
But McCullough’s positive attributes extend far beyond her ambitions for women in STEM. She is a confident, independent woman who ought to be looked up to as a role model for young Americans.
Think of today’s most famous celebrities who young people commonly look up to — people like Snoop Dogg, Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, and Jay-Z. Many of these “role models” pump young minds with a leftwing message while glorifying promiscuity, drugs, and violence in their films and music.
Amid this cast of characters, McCullough is a refreshing change. Her message, at least so far, seems to be one of inspiration: You can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it. After all, she did enter the Miss USA pageant for two years in a row before she was crowned winner.
Young people are spooned liberalism all through high school and college… up until the moment they receive their diplomas. We need more role models to encourage self-sufficiency and hard work. McCullough will be one of those role models.
All the hatred and criticism from the left in the world can’t stop our new Miss USA.
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