New Miss USA Chastised for Speaking Truth on Healthcare, Feminism

Last night, the 2017 winner of the Miss USA pageant made two bold declarations: healthcare is a privilege while feminism doesn’t make us more equal in standing.

When probed by judge and famed dancer Julianne Hough about affordable healthcare,  Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough, 25, said her position in the U.S. government influences her view that healthcare is a privilege, not a right.

“I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege,” said McCullough. “As a government employee, I’m granted healthcare. And I see firsthand that for one, to have healthcare, you need to have jobs, so therefore we need to continue to cultivate this environment so that we’re given the opportunities to have healthcare as well as jobs for all Americans worldwide.”

That’s an interesting view, no? Here’s how the Twitterverse responded to the newly crowned Miss USA’s answer:

Despite some backlash, many people heaped words of praise for the newly crowned Miss USA:

Even worse for leftists: she also rejected the feminist moniker–preferring the “equalist” label instead. Here’s how McCullough responded:


“As a woman scientist in the government, I’d like to transpose the word feminism to equalism. I try not to consider myself this diehard, like, I don’t really care about men.”


Kara McCullough is a scientist at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and boasts a chemistry degree from South Carolina State University. She is the daughter of a retired U.S. Navy officer. She also self-funds a program called Science Exploration for Kids, which offers tutoring for science- and math-based activities for kids in sixth to 11th grade. Best of all, she’s an advocate for empowered women yet she doesn’t believe goose-stepping with feminism is the right way to achieve these goals. How refreshing is that?

Interestingly enough, this is the same pageant series that now-President Donald Trump oversaw from 1996-2015. The competition has become overtly political in recent years, so it’s not surprising to see these questions come to the forefront.

For a competition that previously crowned a former Planned Parenthood intern and traditionally crowns girls with leftist views, it’s encouraging to see a pageant winner who can win the crown yet stay true to her more conservative beliefs.

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Gabriella Hoffman

Gabriella Hoffman is a media strategist based in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. She has written for The Resurgent since March 2016 and serves as their D.C. Correspondent.

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