Nineteen former Misses America are now calling on leaders of the organization to step down amid allegations from reigning beauty queen Cara Mund that she was subject to bullying. Mund, who was Miss North Dakota before earning the coveted Miss America title in Atlantic City, N.J., claimed in a letter to former pageant winners Friday she had been bullied, manipulated and silenced by leaders within the organization since receiving the crown — allegations top officials have vehemently denied. In a Sunday statement posted on Twitter, Miss America chairwoman Gretchen Carlson said she was “surprised” and “saddened beyond words” by Mund’s accusations. She added that she has since reached out to Mund to discuss her concerns. “Cara, let me be clear: We, as an organization, are very proud of you and all you have accomplished,” Carlson wrote, in part. “You are smart, caring and ambitious. As a Brown graduate, you aspire to go to law school and one day run for Governor [sic] in your home state of North Dakota. You embody the mission of Miss America.” “I also want to be clear that I have never bullied or silenced you,” she continued. “In fact, I have acknowledged to you and your parents many times that the organization understands the frustrations of serving during a change-filled and stressful year.” It surely was not what you expected. We’ve acknowledged your grievances, and taken many steps to try to make your experience a good one.” Carlson previously hosted “The Real Story” and co-hosted “Fox and Friends.” She left Fox News in 2016, the same year she filed a sexual harassment suit against late Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. The suit was settled in September 2016. On Jan. 1 of this year, Carlson, a former Miss America winner herself, announced her new role as chairwoman after crude emails from the organization’s executives, some involving vulgar comments about the pageant’s previous winners, surfaced. The scandal led to the resignation of CEO Sam Haskell, COO and President Josh Randle and board chair Lynn Weidner.
Gretchen is dreadful.. What this sanitized AP story leaves out is how she said, “Actions have consequences”…and how Miss America’s scholarship was rescinded after she spoke up. So much for #MeToo.. Hopefully Gretchen and the rest of the nazis at Miss America resign…and soon. The whole doing away with the bathing suit competition was the final straw.. I mean, c’mon. It’s a beauty pageant. For more, click on the text above.