Kathy Zhu, a Michigan beauty pageant contestant who lost her title over offensive tweets, has joined President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.
Zhu, a 20-year-old University of Michigan student, was appointed to the Women for Trump Coalition Advisory Board.
“Team Trump welcomes Kathy Zhu to the Official #WomenforTrump Coalition Advisory Board!” the Trump campaign tweeted.
"I am so excited to now be part of the #WomenforTrump Coalition Advisory Board! Let’s get Trump re-elected for 2020," Zhu wrote.
Zhu lost title over tweets:
Zhu was crowned Miss Michigan and was a contestant at the Miss World America pageant before her title was revoked because her “social media accounts contain offensive, insensitive and inappropriate content that violate the organization’s rules and conditions,” the organization told her in an email.
The Orlando Sentinel published screenshots of her tweets. In one tweet, Zhu wrote about the Muslim Student Association at the University of Central Florida offering students hijabs to try on.
“There’s a ‘try a hijab on’ booth at my college campus,” Zhu wrote in February 2018. “So you’re telling me that it’s now just a fashion accessory and not a religious thing? Or are you just trying to get women used to being oppressed under Islam?”
In another tweet about gun violence, Zhu wrote, “Did you know that the majority of black deaths are caused by other blacks? Fix Problems within your own community first before blaming others.”
The tweets have since been deleted.
Twitter users noted that she has posted numerous other racist tweets in the past.
Zhu claims her tweets were simply ‘conservative’:
Zhu was the featured speaker at a Women for Trump event in Bloomfield Hills on Sunday, The Detroit Free Press reported.
"It seems harder to come out as a conservative than it does as being gay," Zhu said at the event. "It's not right. Conservative voices are being censored.”
"People wanted to ridicule me," she said. "There were so many times that my account got hacked from the left."
Despite deleting the tweets, Zhu said she stands by everything on her Twitter feed.