Miss Pa. Quits, Says Pageant Is Rigged

Trump threatens to sue, says she opposes transgender policy

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 6, 2012 1:07 PM CDT

(Newser) – Donald Trump says he's going to sue Miss Pennsylvania, after she resigned in a huff from the Miss USA pageant and the Miss Universe Organization. "I can no longer be affiliated in any way with an organization I consider to be fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent, and in many ways trashy," Sheena Monnin wrote on Facebook, according to the New York Daily News. She says another contestant "saw a list of the Top 5 BEFORE THE SHOW EVER STARTED."

But the Miss Universe Organization says Monnin resigned for another reason: Because she opposed its decision to allow transgendered competitors. A spokeswoman revealed an email allegedly written by Monnin in which she complains that the pageant has betrayed its "foundational principles" by allowing "natural born males" to enter. "She changed her story," the spokeswoman says. Monnin has since deleted her Facebook post, but it was up long enough to draw a lawsuit. "When she's using the word 'fraud,' that's pretty strong," he said on the Today Show. He also added that in his opinion Monnin "didn't have a chance of being in the top 15, not even close."

In this photo provided by the Miss Universe Organization, Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin competes during the 2012 Miss USA Presentation Show, May 30, 2012 in Las Vegas.
In this photo provided by the Miss Universe Organization, Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin competes during the 2012 Miss USA Presentation Show, May 30, 2012 in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Miss Universe Organization, Darren Decker)
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'She said some really strong things. When she’s using the word ‘fraud,’ that’s pretty strong, so we’re going to be suing her on that basis,' Donald Trump says.   (MSNBC)

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