Miss USA 2020 Clarifies Why She Worked With Donald Trump In The Past: If You Can’t Get A Seat At The Table, You Can’t Make A Difference
Asya Branch,22, has just been crowned Miss USA 2020. In one of her first interviews after winning the title she is addressing why she’s worked with Donald Trump in the past.
In 2018, Asya Branch was apart of a justice reform roundtable that took place at the White House and President Donald Trump was in attendance. She also sang the national anthem at a rally for Trump in Southaven, Mississippi that year.
Asya Branch says that she received lots of criticism, and is now answering to it. She said:
“Regardless of political beliefs, I find it an honor to be able to sing the national anthem anywhere and it just so happened to be at a Trump rally.”
Branch also adds that she was under contractual obligation as an employee of the Miss Mississippi Corp. making it impossible to have a say so.
“And I know I caught a lot of backlash for that. But no one knows if that has anything to do with my political beliefs or not. I did have a duty as an employee of the Miss Mississippi Corp. as well as a representative of the state of Mississippi.”
Asya says that through the previous roundtable, she was a part of helping to lobby for the First Step Act, a bipartisan reform bill that Donald Trump signed to help inmates re-enter into society. She also stressed how important it is to have a seat at the table.
“If you can’t get a seat at the table, you can’t make a difference. I found that to be an inspiring and moving moment for me because it shows that I can accomplish things and I can accomplish my goals and really make a difference in the world.”
“So yes, I caught backlash for it, but I feel like it was a meeting that gave me an opportunity to speak up on a cause that was very important to me.”
Asya Branch says that even after getting her crown she will still keep fighting for prison reform.
“I will continue working toward prison reform and criminal justice reform, as well as just being a positive light. I just truly want this year to give me the opportunity to be a role model for young women and to serve as an example and continue leaving a lasting impact on the lives of others.”
The 22-year-old made history when she became the first black Miss Mississippi. She was also the first Miss Mississippi to win Miss USA.
When she was asked about division in the country amid Donald Trump’s loss for re-election. She said:
“I think this is an issue of trust. We’ve lost trust in the systems that seem to keep our country running, from the media to business to our government. And it’s all about restoring that trust and coming together and working together to heal and trust in these systems. If want to continue to be the greatest nation we’re going to have to set a better example.”
She also shared her thoughts on gun reform and said:
“As someone who grew up in a home with guns, I learned at an early age how to load, how to fire, and gun safety. And I think that education should be available to everyone. I believe that we should require people to pass safety and training before they are allowed to purchase a gun and before receiving a permit. I think it’s important that we not ban guns because obviously people will find a way to get what they want anyways. I think it’s our second amendment right. We just need more safety surrounding that.”
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