In 2019, Kathy Zhu was crowned Miss Michigan World America 2019 and offered the opportunity to compete for the Miss World America 2019 title. This opportunity and title were later taken away by the Miss World America Organization due to allegedly racist comments made by Zhu.
“It has been brought to the attention of Miss World America that your social media accounts contain offensive, insensitive and inappropriate content, and in violation of MWA’s Rules and Conditions, specifically the contestant requirement of ‘being of good character and whose background is not likely to bring into disrepute Miss World America or any person associated with the organization... Therefore, and effective immediately, MWA does not recognize you as a participant of any sort or in any capacity as it relates to any and all events of MWA. Furthermore, let this communication serve as an official notice to remove any mention of yourself as a participant in MWA from all social media platforms,” Miss Michigan World America Laurie DeJack wrote in the email.
Zhu, a self-proclaimed conservative and Trump supporter, gained the support of many conservatives after posting the email from the Miss World America National Directors notifying her of the decision. Many of her supporters believe the organization was showing a bias against conservatives in not allowing her to hold the title.
Zhu has since claimed she will not take legal action against the organization as she thinks, "they have suffered enough negative publicity - especially because they wanted to decrown me due to not wanting bad publicity in the first place."
Because of her political views and the decrowning incident, Zhu was offered a spot in the Women for Trump organization in the 2020 presidential campaign. Initially, she posted that she was excited to join the campaign.
“I am so excited to now be part of the Women For Trump Coalition Advisory Board! Let’s get Trump re-elected for 2020!” she said. The official Trump campaign Twitter account described her as, “a patriot who has continued to stand for American values despite being stripped of her crown."
Later, she posted that she would not join the board as it's not the right time for her.
"Hey guys! I’ve been doing a lot of thinking & I’ve personally decided going fwd to not be part of the Trump women’s coalition. Now is just not the right time for me since I’m a full time student & wanna graduate asap. I still support the president & will continue to do so!"