Donald Trump and his Miss USA pageant are still dealing with the aftermath of comments he made regarding Mexican immigrants. On Monday, “The Real” co-host Jeannie Mai announced she is stepping down as a co-host of the 2015 Miss USA pageant.
“Extra” was in New Orleans today at rehearsals for the Miss USA pageant, where some of the contestants of Hispanic descent are sounding-off on Mr. Trump’s remarks.
Miss West Virginia, Andrea Mucino, a first generation Mexican-American said she understands how the comments could be offensive. “I would absolutely love to have the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Trump and maybe tell him about how hard I’ve worked to get here, how hard I worked to be a Mexican-American, how my parents worked hard to be in this country and chase the American dream, and hopefully change his perspective.”
Miss Texas Ylianna Guerra shared a similar message. “Of course, being of Mexican heritage, it’s not great to hear these comments… I think this has helped me to grow a lot as a person, and I’m able now to represent not only Mexicans, but all Latinos here in the Miss USA pageant, so I think that despite the controversy it’s just our chance to rise above this and show Americans what Latinos are made of.” Guerra explained she never thought about dropping out of the competition amidst the controversy.