The 23-year-old Miss North Dakota won the crown on Sunday night in Atlantic City and didn’t waste time coming at President Donald Trump that he wasn’t right to haul the United States out of the Paris climte accord.
Mund topped a field of 51 contenders to win in the New Jersey shoreline resort, where the vast majority of the 97 Miss Americas have been chosen.
She will take the traditional winner’s morning-after dip in the Atlantic City ocean on Monday morning outside Boardwalk Hall, where she was crowned.
In one of her onstage interviews, Mund said Trump, a Republican, was wrong to withdraw the U.S. from the climate accord aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.
“It’s a bad decision,” she said. “There is evidence that climate change is existing and we need to be at that table.”
Meeting with reporters after winning the crown, Mund stood her ground, saying she wanted first and foremost to give a real answer to the question.
“I wasn’t really afraid if my opinion wasn’t the opinion of my judges,” she said. “Miss America needs to have an opinion and she needs to know what’s happening in the current climate.”
She’s not concerned about any pushback from Trump, who said the Paris accord was a bad deal economically for the United States and who also called global warming a hoax.
Trump had not mentioned Mund or her comment on the Paris accord on Twitter as of early Monday morning.
“He is our president and we need to support him,” Mund said. “I may not agree with all of his opinions, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to support the president.”