Donald Trump: "We're Suing" Miss Pennsylvania

Donald Trump called into "Today" to address allegations by Miss Pennsylvania that the Miss USA competition was fixed.

By TODAY staff, David Chang and Kelly Bayliss
|  Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012  |  Updated 10:51 AM EDT
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Donald Trump: "We're Suing" Miss Pennsylvania

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Donald Trump and the rest of the Miss Universe organization are not taking allegations claiming the Miss USA competition is fixed lightly. In fact, "The Donald" called in to "Today" Wednesday morning to announce that the he and the organization plan on suing the Pennsylvania woman over the allegations.

Miss Pennsylvania USA Sheena Monnin, 27, resigned Tuesday, calling the Miss Universe organization "trashy" and claiming the top five finalist were selected before the Miss USA competition even began.

Monnin posted the following on her Facebook page:

"I have decided to resign my position as Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012. Effective immediately I have voluntarily, completely, and utterly removed myself from the Miss Universe Organization. In good conscience 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. I do not support this system in any way. In my heart I believe in honesty, fair play, a fair opportunity, and high moral integrity, none of which in my opinion are part of this pageant system any longer. Thank you all for your support and understanding as I walk a road I never dreamed I'd need to walk, as I take a stand I never dreamed I'd need to take. After 10 years of competing in a pageant system I once believed in, I now completely and irrevocably separate myself in every way and on every level from the Miss Universe Organization. I remove my support completely and have turned in the title of Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012."

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After announcing her resignation, Monnin posted another Facebook message claiming the show had been fixed:

“I witnessed another contestant who said she saw the list of the Top 5 BEFORE THE SHOW EVER STARTED proceed to call out in order who the Top 5 were before they were announced on stage. After it was indeed the Top 5 I knew the show must be rigged; I decided at that moment to distance myself from an organization who did not allow fair play and whose morals did not match my own."

In a statement, the Miss Universe Organization dismissed Monnin’s accusations as false. They claimed Monnin told pageant officials she was actually resigning because she did not agree with the organization’s recent decision to admit transgender contestants.

Pageant officials released an email message they said they received from Monnin on Monday that read, “I refuse to be part of a pageant system that has so far and so completely removed itself from its foundational principles as to allow and support natural born males to compete in it. This goes against ever (sic) moral fiber of my being.”

On her Facebook page, Monnin describes herself as “conservative” and sums up her religious views by citing the Bible verse John 3:16.

Olivia Culpo, a 20-year-old cellist from Rhode Island, won the Miss USA crown on Sunday night after voicing her support for transgender beauty queens. Culpo will go on to represent the United States in this year’s Miss Universe pageant.

“We are disappointed that [Monnin] would attempt to steal the spotlight form Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island on her well-deserved Miss USA win,” the Miss Universe Organization said in its statement. “The contestant she privately sourced as her reference [of pageant-fixing] has vehemently refuted her most recent claim.”

The Miss Universe Organization, which includes Donald Trump, also told "Today" Monnin can expect a lawsuit.
 

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