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Miss West Virginia Madeline Collins introduces herself during the third and final night of preliminary competition in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City N.J. on Friday Sept. 7, 2018. Later in the night, during her onstage interview, Collins said President Trump "has created a lot of division in this country." (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Miss America contestant: Trump ’caused a lot of division’

Miss West VirginiaMadeline Collins introduces herself during the third and final night of preliminary competition in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City New Jerse on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. Later in the night, during her onstage interview, Collins said President Trump “has created a lot of division in this country.” (AP)

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey — A contestant in the Miss America pageant says President Trump “has caused a lot of division” in the nation.

Madeline Collins, Miss West Virginia, was asked an onstage question Friday night about what she feels is the most serious issue facing the nation.

She replied “Donald Trump is the biggest issue our country faces. Unfortunately he has caused a lot of division in our country.”

The interview responses were limited to 20 seconds and Collins did not go into additional detail. The Miss America Organization rejected a request from The Associated Press to make Collins available for an interview after Friday night’s competition had ended.

She did not win the interview contest. That honor went to Miss Massachusetts Gabriela Taveras, whose question dealt with how Americans traveling abroad should interact with people in other countries.

She said it is important to let people in other nations know that, “We as Americans are supporting them and that we are there to help them.”

The onstage interview has replaced the swimsuit competition in this year’s pageant, a change that has created controversy among those who feel the pageant needed to be modernized, and those who feel an integral part of the pageant is being sacrificed.

Friday marked the third and final night of preliminary competition in the Miss America competition.

Also on Friday night, Miss Indiana Lydia Tremaine won the talent portion for singing Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life.”

The next Miss America will be crowned Sunday night in the nationally televised finale from Atlantic City.

During the first two nights of competition, some of the onstage interview questions have touched on hot button issues, including NFL national anthem protests.

A question on the propriety of those protests helped propel Miss Virginia Emili McPhail to a preliminary win Thursday night.

She told judges players have the right to protest by kneeling, noting that the real issue is police brutality.

In the talent competition, Miss Louisiana Holli’ Conway won for a vocal performance, singing “I Believe.”

On Wednesday , Miss Florida Taylor Tyson won the talent competition for a piano performance, and Miss Wisconsin Tianna Vanderhei won the interview competition for her comments on education.

  • Kaska

    “We as Americans are supporting them and that we are there to help them”

    Supporting and helping terrorists to change regime especially if oil is the subject.

    • starwars143

      yeah russia is terrible isnt it . also since you dont have a clue the us is flooded with oil and next year will be the number one exporter

      • baldogtondo

        there will be a soon to release, new book written by pulitzer winner novelist douglas unger entitled house of trump/putin ,are you buying one? ha ha ha…………

      • starwars143

        i read the reviews and the hobbit is ,more believable it isnt based on facts just maybes with wrong locations and times unger never went to moscow most is based on the ny york times enjoy wasting your money dumbazz

      • baldogtondo

        dumb azz you don’t know what you are talking about? he was a pulitzer prize winning author ,whom i would rather believed you,trump or unger?

      • starwars143

        stupids im allowed to google you chinese arent i googled his reviews on the book and who cares what he was he is lying just like you are go but his fiction book clown who cares what you believe you are just a BRAINWASHED PAID TROLL ANYWAY . HAW HAW HAW DUMBAZZ YOU LOSE AGAIN WHEN ARE YOU EVER GOING TO PROVE YOUR LIES COMRADE?

      • Kaska

        US totally destroyed Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and now sanctioned Iran. Just because US wants to be top oil producer by next year? If US won’t stop looting oil, they’ll surely be number 1 producer by next year.

  • starwars143

    her state is the one that trump has helped the most

    • baldogtondo

      almost everyone is in the u.s. has a bad comment on trump,only nincompoops and paid hack like star wars has good comments for trump.ha ha ha but their kind were dwindling by the day ha ha………

      • starwars143

        lying troll i read 5 us newspaers and im in several forums and most support trump just on of you many lies which americans have you ever talked paid chinese troll i have busted dozens of your lies comrade. also in the us forums here they support trump and every american i know here supports trump because they are has stupoids has you are,. you dont even know where america is now show me eveyones names dumbazzed chinese butt kisser

      • baldogtondo

        i had never changed my name in this fora unlike you,from pole climber,to hot stickers,and now star wars how many more fake names have you used to cover your lies ha ha ha ha…….you can’t win over yours truly ,modesty aside i’m a better poster many times over compared to you russian troll ha ha ha HA…………

      • starwars143

        who in the hell cares obsessed fool? your chinese lovers who you gives likes to and coo to changed their names. why is your azz hurting so much about something that is none of your frikkin business? dont like it sue me dumbazz you couldnt post in a toilet and i have busted dozens of your lies you arre a coward who lies but when asked to prove your lies you scream and run so go screw a pig chinese lover you failed again haw haw haw getting desperate little faker i wi n everytime you open your pig snout commie controlled news lover

      • baldogtondo

        hog wash ha ha ha ha …………

      • starwars143

        then shut up piggy and you never wash yourself stinky HAW HAW HAW STUPIDSSSSSSSSSSS BY THE WAY YOU STILL HAVE NEVER PROVED YOUR LIES CHICKEN