NEW YORK — Donald Trump, head of the Miss Universe Organization, vowed a lawsuit against beauty Sheena Monnin on Wednesday after she declared the recent Miss USA contest was rigged.
The spat over the contest, in which women parade before judges in long gowns and bikinis, began when Monnin, the raven-haired Miss Pennsylvania, announced on Facebook that she had discovered the top five were chosen “before the show ever started.”
“I can no longer be affiliated in any way with an organization I consider to be fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent, and in many ways trashy,” she wrote on Facebook, the New York Daily News reported.
Her posts on the subject were later removed, but dozens of supporters left messages congratulating Monnin on her stand.
Trump insisted the judges are rigorously independent and lashed out at what he called a sore loser, promising Monnin would see a lawsuit before any tiara.
“My impressions were she didn’t have a chance of being in the top 15, not even close,” he told TMZ celebrity news in a telephone interview. “All this is, is a girl who went there, lost and she’s angry at the pageant system.”
“She said some very strong things. When she uses the word ‘fraud,’ that’s pretty strong, so we’re going to be suing her on that basis,” Trump said.
The Miss Universe Organization said in a statement that Monnin’s real motivation was anger at the decision to allow transgender women into the contest.
Sunday’s winner of the Miss USA competition was Oliva Culpo, from Rhode Island, who will now represent the United States on the Miss Universe stage.
In an interview with WPRO radio in her home state, she described Monnin’s resignation over alleged fraud as “iffy,” also saying that her former rival had originally stormed out over the transgender controversy.
“Now that she believes it is a fixed pageant. I don’t know, it’s a little iffy to me,” she said.
‘He’s long ago left the fact-based world’: Ex-CIA operative takes down Trump’s lies about recapturing ISIS fighters
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former CIA operative Bob Baer destroyed President Donald Trump's claims that ISIS fighters in Syria have mostly been recaptured.
"Okay. So you heard him, right? They've been largely recaptured and there were only a few who got out," said anchor Erin Burnett. "Unfortunately, it's not true. His own special envoy for Syria and the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS an hour before the president said that, said the exact opposite thing about the escaped ISIS fighters."
"We would say that the number is now over a hundred," said Ambassador James Jeffrey in the clip. "We do not know where they are."
‘I will be buying an AR-15’: MLB investigating umpire who called for civil war if Trump is impeached
On Wednesday, ESPN reported that baseball officials are looking into a tweet by Major League umpire Rob Drake, in which he announced he was buying a semiautomatic rifle in preparation for the civil war that would erupt if President Donald Trump is impeached.
"I will be buying an AR-15 tomorrow, because if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this way, YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER CIVAL [sic] WAR!!! #MAGA2020" tweeted Drake, who has umpired postseason games since 2010 and lives in Arizona.
‘Ridiculous’ for Trump’s team to ‘feed people this line’ that Ukraine didn’t know about the frozen aid: CNN contributor
President Donald Trump and his associates have recently tried a new defense for the Ukraine scandal, claiming that there couldn't have been a quid pro quo because the Ukrainians were supposedly unaware of the military aid freeze the Trump apparently ordered to force them to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," Washington Post journalist David Swerdlick and his co-panelists smacked down that narrative.
"The New York Times reports that the Ukrainians learned in early August that aid was frozen and they were told to reach out to the acting White House Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney," said anchor Wolf Blitzer.