Former Miss Nevada, Katie Williams, is suspected and claims, that she was stripped off of her title due to her political views. Williams, who is 29-years-old, is an avid supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump. She is open with her political views and supports the president wholeheartedly through her social media.
While officials who organize the competition allows the expression of political opinions and commentary, they prohibit the posting of political content on the official Facebook pages. In this case, Williams posted her political views on the Ms. Nevada page. It is discouraged to use the official pages as a platform for political commentaries, one that the organizers say Williams knew when she signed up for Ms. Nevada.
In an official statement found on their website, Ms. America's organizers have said “None of this had to do with her personal political views. They are immaterial. She has her Personal Facebook page to voice her political views", continuing “She could be a President Trump supporter on her Personal Facebook page all she wants for everyone to read. However, the Ms. Nevada Facebook Page should be devoid of political content.”
The statement also implied that Williams had acknowledged this both in verbal and in writing, being aware of the rules before she was even accepted into the pageant. The organizers have stated that they found no political statements on her personal Facebook page when she was admitted into the pageant.
Williams rebuked their statement, claiming that she did have a separate page and that her conservative views are kept on her personal page. In response to Ms. America's decision, Williams posted several videos and messages on her social media platforms. In a video that she posted this Saturday, William expressed her dismay as she believes that this is their way of censoring her conservative views when it is not harming anyone at all.
She believes that if it were liberal views she expressed, then this would not be an issue and sees their decision as an act of persecution.
The CEO of Ms. America, Susan Jeske, released an official statement through NBC News, saying “If you’re putting pageant stuff on your personal page, then that’s a pageant page. You’re combing it" Jeske believes that the issue lies in Williams mixing pageant content with her political stance even though it was on her personal social media page.
This is why even though Williams had it separated, the organizers believe that her personal page is directly linked to her being Ms. Nevada and so it should have been devoid of anything related to politics.
While Williams cannot participate in the pageant, she receives support from many conservative news outlets. She even appeared as a guest on Fox and Friends. In an act of calling people to fight against censorship, she created a website, http://www.katiewilliamsnv.com.
The Ms. America competition will be held this Saturday at The Queen Mary located in Long Beach, California.