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Miss Oklahoma Crowned Miss USA Amid Trump Controversy

Miss Oklahoma Crowned Miss USA Amid Trump Controversy
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Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan was crowned Miss USA last night in a hot-pink strapless Southern belle-style gown.

In a pageant that seemed to go out of its way to incorporate diversity as a theme (several contestants spoke of their heritage in a taped segment) under the shadow of owner Donald Trump's controversial anti-immigrant comments, Jordan's smooth answer during the interview portion on the topic of race relations may have sealed the deal.

When asked what the next big question facing America might be, Jordan volunteered that the country still needs to come to terms with racial strife. "We have not solved this issue. We really need to work on being an accepting society."

Asked which woman should be on the $10 bill (a woman is slated to replace Alexander Hamilton in 2020), she said she wished it could be Oprah Winfrey, but would be happy with African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

The final five: Nevada, Maryland, Rhode Island, Texas, and winner Oklahoma [Cred: Josh Brasted/Getty Images]

Two contestants who probably wish they could get a do-over are Miss Rhode Island Anea Garcia and Miss Nevada Brittany McGowan. The former seemed to have no idea what the term "political correctness" means, stumbling and eventually drawing a blank. McGowan, handed a question specifically about race relations, stammered for most of her 30-second time limit, eventually blurting out, "We need to be more accepting of each other and we need to bring people together. That’s what I think we need to do."

Trump's observations about Mexican immigrants led to the show's originally scheduled hosts to resign, and the pageant was dropped from NBC, landing on the comparatively small network Reelz

Trump did not attend the pageant.