The pro-Trump winner of Ms. Nevada 2019 claims she was stripped of her title — and kicked out of the upcoming Ms. America pageant — for supporting conservative views in social media.
Katie Williams, 29, who was crowned in April, said in a video posted on Facebook that she was disqualified Sunday from the Ms. America competition, which is scheduled for Saturday.
“I just don’t understand how you can censor someone with conservative values when I’m not even really saying anything that’s bad,” Williams said in the post. “If I had more liberal views, less conservative views, this wouldn’t be an issue.”
In a statement, the Ms. America Pageant said Williams is “distorting the facts” about her disqualification.
“All the pageant asked of Ms. Williams, in writing, is to keep separate social media accounts. (ie: Facebook) One is for politics where she can voice her own opinion as Katie Williams and the other is a new Facebook page for the pageant representing Ms. Nevada State 2019,” the statement reads.
“She could be a President Trump supporter on her Personal Facebook page all she wants for everyone to read. However, the Ms. Nevada Facebook Page should be devoid of political content,” it adds.
The pageant said it gave Williams a deadline to edit her pages, but that she refused — proving she is “no longer capable of representing this pageant as Ms. Nevada.”
But Williams, a fitness instructor who was deployed with the Army National Guard to Afghanistan in 2008-09, insisted she followed pageant instructions to create a separate Facebook account.
A pageant official “continued to screen shot my page, my personal page, and email me about how she was disappointed and she didn’t agree with it and that I needed to speak with her on the phone,” she said on Facebook.
Ms. America CEO Susan Jeske said that while Williams did create a second pageant-related Facebook account, her political page still had multiple images and mentions of the Ms. America event.
“If you’re putting pageant stuff on your personal page, then that’s a pageant page. You’re combing it,” Jeske told NBC News on Wednesday.
Williams claimed she was “censored” for her beliefs.
“I was excited to compete in this pageant — everything was ready to go for this weekend — and so to have that opportunity taken away from me so quickly feels like a slap in the face,” she told Newsweek.
“The entire reason I participated in pageants in the first place was to provide young women like my daughter with a strong role model to look up to,” she added.
Williams’ spokesman Noah Jennings insisted that his client was kicked from the pageant for supporting conservative values, not for backing Trump, as had been widely reported.
He told Newsweek that Williams “did her due diligence when it came to complying with requests from the pageant” and accused Jeske of sending his client “mixed signals.”
“Ms. America CEO Susan Jeske, who would encourage Katie over the phone, and then follow that up with emails and screenshots of things she took issue with,” he said. “Katie separated pages, combed through to remove posts, and overall made every effort to comply with the requests of the pageant.”
Williams — whose Facebook profile photo shows her smiling while wearing a MAGA hat — called antifa a “Terrorist organization” and those who support their cause “Anti-American” in a tweet.
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