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Miss District of Columbia Deshauna Barber is crowned Miss USA by Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan during the 2016 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas, Sunday, June 5, 2016. (Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; LAS VEGAS SUN OUT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The U.S. candidate in the Miss Universe pageant said Wednesday she did not vote for Donald Trump but she hopes the president-elect can unify Americans at a “nerve-wracking” point in U.S. history.

Deshauna Barber, a 27-year-old Army officer from the District of Columbia, expressed confidence America can hurdle its political difficulties after “one of the most controversial elections I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Barber is among 86 candidates vying for the Miss Universe crown on Jan. 30 in Manila, where journalists asked her about Trump’s victory and inauguration on Friday.


“Although everyone may not agree, including myself, with the election, I still support the commander-in-chief and I plan to until the end of his reign in office,” Barber told The Associated Press in an interview. “I just hope that we’re able to give him a chance.”

“It’s quite nerve-wracking because it’s just kind of the unknown at this point,” she said. “But I have a lot of faith in the United States of America and I truly believe that our country is going to jump these hurdles and that we’re gonna be better.”

Barber said she’s hoping Trump will be able to focus on unifying Americans and “my greatest fear is that won’t happen.”

Barber, whose parents also served in the Army, is the first soldier named Miss USA. A logistics commander who hasn’t yet been deployed in a combat zone, she said she hoped to be eventually because “that is what comes with the job.”

Her entry in a beauty pageant from the army, two worlds which are “in utter opposite,” reflects her versatility, Barber said. Other candidates include a lawyer, a scientist, a sociologist and an agricultural expert in a diverse collective that breaks stereotypes of women, she said.

If she becomes Miss Universe, she said she’ll work to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder of troops returning from war.

The attention on pageant candidates and winners allow them to espouse crucial issues, making the contest relevant, Barber said, citing how the current title holder, Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines, has campaigned for wider awareness about the spread of HIV.

“We’re more than swimsuits, we’re more than crowns, we’re more than evening gowns,” Barber said. “We are women that use these crowns as a way to have a platform to discuss our cause.”

Miss District of Columbia Deshauna Barber walks in the swimsuit competition during the 2016 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas, Sunday, June 5, 2016. (Jason Ogulnik/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; LAS VEGAS SUN OUT

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13 thoughts on “Miss USA Hopes Trump Can Unify Americans

  1. Carmen on said:

    @kate1221. I’m far from being illiterate. Those trumpeters are illiterate. Their dumbass voted for someone who is going to take their benefits away for yrs to come. He’s not bringing jobs back and they will remain unemployed. They have been hoodwinked and bambozzled. He’s not my prez. Why don’t you take your comments to foxes website?

  2. specialt757 on said:

    Yeah we all know where the hate started, in those closed door sessions and late night “special” dinners where the redumblicans made a vow to make sure Obama was a one term president and to not let anything he tries to do for the benefit of the American public succeed. And guess what? It was only done because of the color of his skin. If that ain’t hate, please explain.

  3. americanize on said:

    Black America has to become unified,white America is an always has been unified.And we don,t need a white person to tell us that.

  4. Chump is not the great UNIFIER-HE IS DIVISIVE!!!!!!!
    One only has to look at his supporters-RACIST/POS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Maybe he will be IMPEACHED or ASSASSINATED!!!!!!!!!

    • Carmen on said:

      Lol. He’s ugly as hell also. Every time his illiterate ass come on tv my tv is turning off. He won’t have half the crowd at his fake inauguration as Obama had. Ppl who voted for him already have buyers remorse. He’s a rascit and a bigot and ppl have no respect for his dumbass.

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