Kára McCullough was booed while on stage Sunday night when she delivered a seemingly confusing answer about healthcare.
When asked if she considered affordable health care for all United States citizens a right or a privilege, she responded: “I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege. As a government employee, I am granted health care and I see firsthand that for one to have health care, you need to have jobs.”
People berated the pageant queen for her answer, but on Tuesday morning, the winner of the 2017 Miss USA Pageant stood by her comment — sort of.
“I am a woman, I’m going to own what I said,” she told Michael Strahan during an appearance on Good Morning America. “I am privileged to have health care and I do believe that it should be a right and I hope and pray moving forward that health care is a right for all worldwide.”
She added, “I am privileged to have health care. I want people to see where I was coming from. Having a job, I have to look at health care like it is a privilege.”
During Sunday’s pageant held in Washington, D.C., the 25-year-old was also criticized for her response about feminism. “I don’t want to consider myself like this die-hard, you know, like, ‘I don’t really care about men,'” she said. “One thing I’ll say, women, we are just as equal as men when it comes to opportunity in the workplace.”
When talking to Strahan, she also took a moment to clarify her take on men and women being equal in the workplace. “For me, where I work at with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, equalism is more of a term of understanding that no matter your gender, you are still given the same accolades on your work,” she said.
McCullough explained, “So I believe [if] the person does a good job, they should be, you know, credited for that in a sense, but I don’t want anyone to look at [it] as if I’m not all about women’s rights because I am. We deserve a lot when it comes to opportunity in the workplace as well as leadership positions.”
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