Miss USA Contestants Blasted for Actually Reasonable Answers This Year
The winner and a runner-up irk feminists and liberals with coherent answers.

Nia Sanchez


Andrew Johnson

Immediately after, Miss Louisiana Brittany Guidry took the stage and was given a question about the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner exchange. She was asked whether the U.S. government made the correct decision in swapping him for five high-level Taliban leaders.

”I’m glad that we got our guy back, however I do not feel it is right we subject ourselves to the effects of terrorism,” she said, drawing cheers from the audience. “I do agree with our guy being home,” she said.

It’s been widely argued that the prisoners handed over to free Bergdahl, who many fellow soldiers have alleged deserted his unit, were too high a price to pay. The experts sharing her view include House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers, former Obama defense secretary Leon Panetta, and U.S. senator John McCain. But plenty took jabs at Guidry’s supposedly unwise response anyway, with Democratic strategist and former Obama-campaign staffer Greg Pinelo joining in the criticism:

Despite the liberal opprobrium for their answers, the two controversial queens did quite well for themselves: Sanchez took home the crown, and Guidry finished as the third runner-up in the contest.

— Andrew Johnson is an editorial associate at National Review Online.