Here's the controversial answer that won Miss America the crown

Aaron Brown
September 12, 2017

Cara Mund, who was named Miss America 2018 on Sunday, called the USA withdrawal from the Paris climate accord a "bad decision" when asked about it by judge Maria Menounos during the pageant's interview portion.

"It's a bad decision", Mund said onstage.

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Making the top 14 were: Miss Tennessee, Miss Virginia, Miss Pennsylvania, Miss Louisiana, Miss District of Columbia, Miss Texas, Miss Alabama, Miss New Mexico, Miss Missouri, Miss Alaska, Miss Georgia, Miss South Carolina, Miss North Dakota and Miss New Jersey.

During the interview, Mund was asked about the USA withdrawal from the Paris accord on climate change.

"Once we reject that, we take ourselves out of the negotiation table, and that's something we really need to keep in mind", she said.

But her seemingly diplomatic response appears to have not gone down well with many Miss America fans.

"I think that the white supremacist issue, it was very obvious that it was a terrorist attack", she said.

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And Miss New Jersey, Kaitlyn Schoeffel, was asked her thoughts on removing Confederate monuments. Laryssa travels the state promoting her platform: Team Charlotte: Fighting Pancreatic Cancer, a platform that is near to her heart following the death of her grandmother from pancreatic cancer.

"So we need to always remember our history of being slave owning racists?" "I may not agree with all of his opinions, but that doesn't mean I'm not going to support the president", she added.

It's the first time the title has gone to North Dakota. Klapperich told Mund, echoing another woman who said the exact same words just minutes before.

"Honestly? It was to get to Miss America and make it past the Top 10", Mund said. She won over the audience and the judges during the Miss America event by her self-choreographed jazz dance moves on Michael Jackson's The Way You Make Me Feel.

Shortly after her speech, judges read the names of the remaining Top 15 finalists, which did not include her.

Miss Texas Margana Wood, who was announced later as 4th runner-up, was asked: "Last month, a demonstration of neo-Nazi white supremacists and the KKK in Charlottesville turned violent, and a protester was killed".

Fifty-one young women are in Atlantic City tonight for the 2018 Miss America Pageant.

Upon accepting the crown, Shields will take on a year of responsibilities in addition to a ton of wonderful perks.

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