“As a Colombian and as Miss Universe, I want to show my support and validate the sentiments of the Latin community,” she wrote. Vega went further, putting distance between herself and Trump, stating that the Miss Universe Organization “works independently from its owners.”
Trump, predictably, didn’t take her comments lightly, and lashed right back.
“Miss Universe, Paulina Vega, criticized me for telling the truth about illegal immigration, but then said she would keep the crown-Hypocrite,” wrote Trump on his Twitter account at 4:57 a.m. ET on July 5.
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But it seems Trump, again, didn’t win the battle. While his tweet garnered 3,500+ retweets and over 3,000 favorites at press time, Vega’s Instagram message had 36.4 thousand likes. In other words, six times as many sympathizers.
Here is Vega’s full statement:
I find Mr. Trump’s comments unjust and hurtful. As a Colombian and as Miss Universe, I want to show my support and validate the sentiments of the Latin community.
The Miss Universe Organization works independently from its owners. For the past 64 years, they have created partnerships with great charity groups and have helped thousands of communities. Their legacy of uniting countries from around the world has been inspiring to many. If the Miss Universe Organization shared any anti-Latin sentiments or any type of racial biases, I wouldn’t be in this position today.
I strongly believe that dividing and categorizing humankind only holds it back. Acknowledging and embracing the differences that exist across humanity is the first step in real and substantial development. We must strive together in order to improve the common good.