As predicted by anyone paying attention to what happens when a high-profile figure — particularly someone who embodies "diversity" — fails to properly promote the orthodox progressive agenda, after being crucified by the Left for saying health care is "privilege," not a right, the newly crowned Miss USA has been compelled to "clarify" her comments.
"I am privileged to have health care, and I do believe it should be a right," Kára McCullough told ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday morning following an "online firestorm" over what should have been a completely non-controversial comment.
McCullough made the statement in response to host Michael Strahan asking her about her statement during the competition that health care is a "privilege," rather than a right. When Strahan asked if she was surprised by the strong reaction online, McCullough said, "Not at all. I believe that is what America is based on ... having opinions and views." But in what was obviously a rehearsed retraction, she went on to "clarify" what she really meant to say.
"But I would like to just take this moment to truly just clarify, because I am a woman, I'm gonna own what I said," she said. "I am privileged to have health care, and I do believe it should be a right. I hope and pray moving forward that health care is a right for all, worldwide."
Mahan then explained to the audience on her behalf that it was difficult to address such a complex topic in just a 30-second response during the competition. He then asked McCullough again if she would like to change anything she said, to which she reiterated that she is "privileged" to have health care, adding, "Having a job, I have to look at health care like it is a privilege."
Here is the original statement Miss USA is "clarifying":
I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege. As a government employee, I am granted health care. And I see firsthand that for one to have health care, you need to have jobs. So therefore, we need to continue to cultivate this environment that we’re given the opportunities to have health care as well as jobs to all the American citizens worldwide.
Another "controversial" statement she made during the competition was about feminism:
So as a woman scientist in the government, I’d like to lately transpose the word feminism to equalism. I don’t really want to consider myself — try not to consider myself like this die-hard, you know, like, "Oh, I don’t really care about men." But one thing I’m gonna say, though, is women, we are just as equal as men when it comes to opportunity in the workplace.
The work of correcting her opinion on the "right" of health care now complete, expect pressure to mount over her rejection of feminism. As The Daily Wire's John Nolte — who predicted the firestorm and hoped against hope that McCullough might be able to weather it — put it, McCullough has been found guilty by the Left of displaying "the incorrect kind of diversity": diversity of thought.