The disgraced Miss Michigan pageant winner, who had her title snatched away last week for offensive social media posts she made about the African-American community and Muslims, has joined Donald Trump‘s re-election campaign.
Kathy Zhu took to Twitter to share the “exciting” announcement Thursday, saying how thrilled she was to be named to the Women for Trump Coalition Advisory Board, which encourages women to cast their ballots for Trump in the upcoming 2020 election.
“Let’s get Trump re-elected for 2020,” she tweeted, followed by a smiley face and U.S. flag emoji.
The official @Trump Team Twitter account welcomed the University of Michigan student aboard, praising the 20-year-old as a “patriot who has continued to stand for American values — despite being stripped of her crown.”
The new gig comes nearly a week after Zhu blasted the Miss World America pageant leadership for dethroning her over previous remarks she made on social media, after which the former Miss Michigan claimed she was being discriminated against for her politically conservative opinions.
“They’ve stripped me of my Miss Michigan title due to my refusal to try on a hijab in 2018, my tweet about black on black gun violence, and ‘insensitive’ statistical tweets,” she wrote on Twitter.
In an email shared by the disgraced winner and signed by the organizations state director Laurie DeJack, officials said they were made aware that Zhu’s social accounts contained “contain offensive, insensitive and inappropriate content, and in violation of MWA’s Rules and Conditions, specifically the contestant requirement of ‘being of good character and whose background is not likely to bring into disrepute Miss World America or any person associated with the organization. ‘”
The now-deleted posts, authored in 2017 and 2018, contained disparaging remarks about Blacks and Muslims. In one from October 2017, the college conservative wrote, “Did you know the majority of black deaths are caused by other blacks? Fix problems within your own community before blaming others.”
In another, Zhu recalled her refusal to sport a hijab at a campus event.
“There’s a ‘try a hijab on’ booth at my college campus,” she wrote. “So you’re telling me that it’s now just a fashion accessory and not a religious thing? Or are you just trying to get women used to being oppressed under Islam?”
Last Friday, Zhu attended a Women for Trump event in Bloomsfield, Michigan, where she opined that “coming out” as conservative in high school was “harder … than coming out, honestly as gay.”
Despite the backlash, Zhu has defended her past remarks, arguing that they were based on facts.
“I am glad this story came to light because this is more than just some beauty pageant, this is about the prejudice views against people with ‘different opinions,” she tweeted last week.