Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is under fire once again, this time accused of making harsh comments by former Miss California USA, Tami Farrell.
On Friday, the 32-year-old beauty queen penned a lengthy message to her Facebook page, detailing the words she claims to have “overheard the morning” of June 10, 2009, when she earned the prestigious crown.
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“OK, before we get started, I don’t know who this new girl is, but I don’t want her doing interviews,” Trump, a former owner of the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA beauty pageants, allegedly said about Farrell during a conference call with Farrell’s pageant director, lawyers and the organization. “She’s unattractive and she sounds stupid. Ummmm…ummm…ummm. That’s what she sounds like doing interviews. Had she been given the same question Carrie [Prejean] was given, no one would care because she’s ugly.”
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Farrell became Miss California after Carrie Prejean was stripped of her crown for the anti-gay comments she made while answering a question about same-sex marriage during the competition.
“[The people on the call] were discussing the transition of title holders (Me), when Mr. Trump spoke those words,” Farrell claimed in her post. “Words that I will never forget. A lump grew in my throat and tears poured down my face. Donald Trump thought I was stupid, unworthy to be heard, and ugly.”
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Farrell also claimed that the 70-year-old businessman failed to remember that six years prior to the competition, she was a national titleholder — Miss Teen USA.
“He forgot the 21 million dollars I helped raise for charity during my reign,” the blond beauty said. “He forgot how I brought the Miss Universe Organization [from] a small local charity and how I helped it grow to a national charity. He forgot who I was, and in that moment, his words made me forget too. I stood up and said, ‘I don’t want your title,’ and ran to my car crying.”
The tears continued, but Farrell eventually accepted the title. However, she claims she did not answer a call from Trump when he allegedly “called later that day” to wish her luck.
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“During the short few months as Miss California USA, [my pageant director] Keith would occasionally mention Trump had called to say I was doing a good job. Not sure if that meant I was looking pretty enough, or just not sounding as stupid as he expected,” Farrell continued. “Then one day I received a package from Mr. Trump. It was a photocopy of a magazine article about me. My 25-year-old swimsuit body lying glamorously across the beach. There was no letter, just a note written across the photo. ‘Tami, You look great! Congrats!’ – Signed Donald Trump.”
“I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry,” she remembered. “It didn’t matter who I was or what I had done. My beauty had received his stamp of approval. I hid that picture in storage and never looked at it again.”
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During the 2009 pageant, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton asked Prejean if she believed in same-sex marriage. “Vermont recently became the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage,” Hilton explained at the time. “Do you think every state should follow suit? Why or why not?”
Prejean replied, stating, “I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one or the other.”
“Um, we live in a land that you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage,” she continued. “And you know what? In my country, and in my family, I think that — I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman, no offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised, and that’s how I think that it should be between a man and a woman. Thank you.”
Trump made headlines earlier this month when The Washington Post leaked a video from 2005 in which he expressed lewd and sexually suggestive comments toward women, including Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O’Dell and Days of Our Lives star Arianne Zucker, while chatting with then-Access Hollywood co-host Billy Bush. He’s also been accused of inappropriate conduct by a number of people, including four 1997 Miss Teen USA contestants, People magazine reporter Natasha Stoynoff and Celebrity Apprentice contestant Richard Hatch. Trump and his campaign team have denied such claims.
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Farrell writes that she fears that, if elected president, Trump will continue to show “his true colors.”
“I am a mother. I have a two year old boy and another on his way. I want to raise my boys to be good. To see the good in people,” Farrell concluded her post. “I don’t want them growing up in a world where we have a leader who validates hate and preys on fear.”
“I want them to understand that a true leader is a voice for the people, not one who silences anyone that disagrees with them,” she added. “I want a leader with character and morals. I want someone who deserves respect because that is what they give. But what do I know, I’m just stupid and ugly.”
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