Presidential candidate Donald Trump blasted the current Miss Universe Paulina Vega as a ‘hypocrite’ for criticizing his remarks toward Mexican migrants, but not giving up the crown.
“Miss Universe, Paulina Vega, criticized me for telling the truth about illegal immigration, but then said she would keep the crown – Hypocrite,” Trump tweeted early Sunday morning.
Miss Universe, Paulina Vega, criticized me for telling the truth about illegal immigration, but then said she would keep the crown-Hypocrite
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2015
Trump’s comments come days after Vega, who won the Miss Universe crown earlier this year, called out the business mogul, who is also the beauty pageant’s owner, for his “hurtful and unfair” comments during his presidential campaign launch last month.
In her first public comment, the Colombian beauty queen added her name to the growing list of public figures voicing their disdain for Trump’s remarks in which he said Mexico was sending rapists and drug traffickers into the U.S.
“I find Mr. Trump’s comments unjust and hurtful. As a Colombian and as Miss Universe, I want to show my support and validate the sentiments of the Latin community,” Vega wrote in an Instagram post on Thursday.
PAULINA VEGA MISS UNIVERSO 2014 Encuentro los comentarios del Sr. Trump injustos e hirientes. Como Colombiana y como Miss Universo quiero mostrar mi apoyo y avalar los sentimientos de la Comunidad Latina. La Organización Miss Universo trabaja de forma independiente de sus dueños. Durante los últimos 64 años han creado asociaciones con excelentes grupos de carácter social, han ayudado miles de comunidades y han unido países alrededor del mundo de manera inspiradora. Si la Organización de Miss Universo compartiera algún sentimiento anti latino o cualquier tipo de prejuicio racial, yo no estaría en esta posición hoy. Creo fuertemente que lo que le impide a la humanidad avanzar es el hecho de dividirla y categorizarla. Reconocer y aceptar las diferencias que existen a través de la humanidad es el primer paso en el desarrollo real y sustancial. Debemos trabajar juntos para el progreso de nuestro bienestar común. PAULINA VEGA MISS UNIVERSE 2014 STATEMENT I find Mr. Trump’s comments unjust and hurtful. As a Colombian and as Miss Universe, I want to show my support and validate the sentiments of the Latin community. The Miss Universe Organization works independently from its owners. For the past 64 years, they have created partnerships with great charity groups and have helped thousands of communities. Their legacy of uniting countries from around the world has been inspiring to many. If the Miss Universe Organization shared any anti-Latin sentiments or any type of racial biases, I wouldn’t be in this position today. I strongly believe that dividing and categorizing humankind only holds it back. Acknowledging and embracing the differences that exist across humanity is the first step in real and substantial development. We must strive together in order to improve the common good.
Vega said that while she has been under pressure from fans at home and abroad to renounce her title, she had no plans on giving up her crown because of the meaningful social work the Miss Universe organization does in communities around the world.
“I strongly believe that dividing and categorizing humankind only holds it back,” Vega wrote. “Acknowledging and embracing the differences that exist across humanity is the first step in real and substantial development. We must strive together in order to improve the common good.”
Trump’s remarks have caused widespread outrage over the last several weeks which have prompted television networks Univision, NBC and Mexico’s Televisa to pull their support from the Miss Universe organization. Macy’s has also pulled their Trump merchandise from its stores, while Panama, Mexico, El Salvador and Costa Rica have pulled out of this year’s Miss Universe pageant.
The city government of Bogota withdrew its support for a bid to host the pageant in the future.