Here's the question and answer from Sunday night.
Here’s what people are saying about the exchange.
People blamed the judge for the question
The Washington Post
“The crowd immediately started booing — Hardin looked a bit shocked then quickly composed herself and dodged a direct answer. “What we need in the United States is someone who represents those of us who feel we don’t have a voice…we need a president to push to what is right and push for what America really needs,” she said. Naturally, some people started tweeting angrily at Brown — given, you know, voting is private. After a couple commercial breaks, co-hosts Julianne Hough and Terrence Jenkins tried to calm the online crowd, and reiterated that the Miss USA organization creates the questions. “If you’re on Twitter, the judges did not come up with those questions, alright? Just so that you know. They were randomly picked,” Jenkins said as the audience started booing again. “I know what you are booing, and she answered the question marvelously.” ”
Hardin sidestepped the question
The Associated Press
"Miss Hawaii punted at the Miss USA contest when asked who she would vote for among the likely presidential candidates, Democrat Hillary Clinton or former pageant owner Donald Trump, a Republican. Chelsea Hardin said gender doesn't matter when deciding the next commander in chief, but she said the new president should push for what's right for the country. Miss District of Columbia, Deshauna Barber, gave a strong answer when asked about women in combat. The army officer said gender doesn't limit women in the U.S."
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Question was inappropriate
“While Miss District of Columbia, Deshauna Barber, has officially been crowned the 2016 Miss USA, pageant fans and casual viewers alike are still stewing over a very inappropriate question asked of runner-up Miss Hawaii during the Q&A round. Along with her other questions, Miss Hawaii, a.k.a. Chelsea Hardin, was asked by judge Laura Brown, "If the election were held tomorrow, would you vote Hilary Clinton or Donald Trump for president, and why would you choose one over the other?" Rather than give a direct answer, Miss Hawaii responded by saying, "It doesn't matter what gender, what we need in the United States is someone who represents those of us who don't feel like we have a voice, those of us who want our voices heard. We need a president to push for what is right, and push for what America really needs." ”
Crowd was booing
The Hollywood Reporter
“Coming in second was Miss Hawaii, who punted during the question-and-answer segment when asked who she would vote for among the likely presidential candidates, Democrat Hillary Clinton or former pageant owner Donald Trump, a Republican. Chelsea Hardin acknowledged that there was no way to correctly answer the question during the beauty pageant. The question was framed with Clinton's likely status of being the first woman nominated by a major political party for the White House. Hardin responded that gender doesn't matter when deciding the next commander in chief. The 24-year-old college student from Honolulu simply said the new president should push for what's right for the country.”