Miss Nevada says she was banned from competing in the upcoming Miss America beauty contest and stripped of her title last Sunday because of her refusal to hide her support for President Trump on social media. In her video, she also claims that officials tried to silence her and her family and friend from discussing that she was even Miss Nevada by offering to pay back the money spent.
Katie Jo Williams is a US combat veteran, holds the rank of Sergeant First Class in the US Army National Guard.
“I was officially disqualified from competing in the Ms. America pageant for 2019,” said Williams in an Instagram post. She claims that organizers told her she was “too political” to hold her crown. However, she has spotted other others who have posted political views that have not suffered the same consequences.
So what did pageant organizers deem “too political”? According to Summit News, the director of the pageant sent screenshots to Williams showing which pictures she needed to delete. They included pictures of her wearing a Trump 2020 hat, as well as photos of her professing her love for America, and her opposition to Antifa. She says the director’s message made it clear these pictures all needed to be erased.
Yet earlier, Ms. America Pageant CEO Susan Jeske appeared to show support for Williams’ social media posts. A Facebook conversation posted to The Gateway Pundit between Jeske and Williams reveals that Jeske encouraged Williams to have a photo taken of herself wearing her Ms. Nevada State sash, standing beside President Trump and Donald Trump, Jr. at an upcoming Turning Point USA conference that was held in Washington in July.
Despite that support, on Sunday Williams was asked to remove her posts. After she refused, her pageant title was taken from her. According to Williams, in addition, organizers then told her that in order to get a refund for her entry fee, she would have to send back her Ms. Nevada State sash and crown and agree not to discuss her removal from the competition with anyone.
“The pageant’s actually this Saturday,” she said in the video she posted to Instagram Monday night. “So, that means everything’s been paid for. Everything’s been done. All the sponsor money has been collected, and now I don’t get to compete.”
Williams refuses to back down from her views and has refused any compensation to keep quiet.
“I am so tired of being labeled as this crazy, right-wing, whatever you want to call it,” she said. “I just don’t understand how you could censor someone with conservative values when I’m not even really saying anything that’s bad.”