by WorldTribune Staff, October 21, 2016
A former Miss USA contestant who represented North Carolina spoke warmly of her encounters with GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump disputed a former Arizona contestant’s allegations of his lewd behavior.
“After he came around and talked to each one of us, he took the time out to talk to several of the delegates and he wasn’t trying to rush out or anything. He stopped, he paused, he spoke to them. He was nothing but a gentleman,” said Andrea Duke, who was crowned Miss North Carolina in 2008.
Duke said of Trump: “He loves America because he has a good heart and you could see that in the way he interacted with us.”
Duke, a native of Saluda, said she doubts the story Miss Arizona 2001 told the CBS News Los Angeles affiliate that Trump had entered dressing rooms while her fellow contestants were “half naked.”
“I have a hard time believing that because of the way the logistics of the pageant is set up,” said Duke.
“There’s always someone around backstage. There are chaperones. There are dressers. There are hairstylists, makeup artists. People don’t just get to walk in. Not even Donald Trump.”