May 15, 2017 02:40 PM EDT By Adam Samuel

Kara McCullough Miss USA 2017 Gains Haters and Supporters for Her Views on Health Care (VIDEO)

Kara McCullough may have won the 'Miss USA Pageant," but Twitter had less than kind words for her because of a comment she made during the competition.

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The Miss USA Pageant aired yesterday, during which Miss D.C., Kara McCullough, was crowned the winner. Twitter though had less than kind things to say about McCullough, due to her views on health care. 

"I'm definitely going to say it's a privilege," McCullough said when asked if she believes health care for all American citizens should be a right or 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."


Sparking controversy across social media, Twitter was particularly harsh on McCullough. With comments ranging from mild disapproval to full on hate filled statements, the only consistency was the abundance of gifs used. The vocal outrage over the single comment though has started quite a debate about the relevance of these answers to the competition.

However, there were also some tweets that came out in support of McCullough. Some commented on the hipocracy that the critics were giving out.

McCullough, 25, works as a scientist. Held in the Mandalay Bay Events Center, she beat out Miss New Jersey, Chhavi Verg, for the title. Miss Minnesota, Meridith Gould came in third place. McCullough's win also marks the second time in a row that the winner of the pageant has been the Miss D.C. representative.

What do you think about the Miss USA winner? Do you think she deserved the treatment she got on Twitter? Let us know in the comments below. 

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