Miss Pennsylvania USA Sheena Monnin 'disgraceful,' says Donald Trump
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The organization claims Monnin sent them an email wherein she severed ties with them due to the new policy regarding transgendered women. She allegedly writes that letting transgender women compete is "against ever moral fiber of [her] being" because she believes in "integrity, high moral character, and fair play, none of which are part of this system any longer."
Donald Trump, the owner of the Miss USA and Miss Universe organization tells "Today" that what Monnin is doing is "disgraceful."
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"It is so ridiculous. The judges, who are tremendous people, and, as you know, they're supervised. by Ernst & Young, everything is certified. They make the choice and they make the choice very, very strongly and very secretly. And that is what happened in this case," says Trump.
"You have 15 people and then you have one person who is selected by the audience, by the viewers ... after that the judges make the decision and they bring it down to 10 and bring it down to 5 and all those numbers are certified by Ernst & Young," Trump continues. "The organization doesn't care who the Top 5 are or the Top 10, so it doesn't care. And it's really disgraceful that she does it. We are going to bring a lawsuit against this girl."
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"They've done an investigation and they just reported to me about five minutes ago. The person that supposedly [showed the list of the Top 5] totally denies that that ever took place," adds Trump.
He goes on to say he thinks with Monnin this is just a case of sour grapes.
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"My impressions were she didn't have a chance of being in the Top 15, not even close. And all this is is a girl who went there, lost, wasn't in the Top 15 and she's angry at the pageant system," says Trump. "All this is is buyer's remorse."