Donald Trump has torn through his Republican presidential opponents, but now he has a new nemesis: Miss Alabama.
Meg McGuffin finished as the fourth runner up in the Miss America 2016 pageant on Sunday night.
But it was her shot at Trump – who she said should leave the GOP “absolutely terrified” – that provided the most memorable moment of her pageant appearance.
During the competition, Miss America judge Taya Kyle, the widow of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, asked McGuffin to weigh in on Trump’s surge to the front of the Republican presidential pack.
“I think Donald Trump is an entertainer, and I think he says what’s on a lot of peoples’ minds,” she said.
“But I think the Republican Party should be absolutely terrified of all the attention that he is taking from incredible candidates like Jeb Bush and Chris Christie who could absolutely do the job of president of the United States.”
McGuffin’s assessment of Trump as an “entertainer” isn’t far out of line with what some of Trump’s rivals – and even the real estate mogul himself – have said recently.
Last week, Trump defended comments about GOP contender Carly Fiorina’s face by saying that “some comments are made as an entertainer.”
Other Republicans, including Bush, Christie, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, have complained that Trump is sucking up too much oxygen, leaving the rest of the party’s field of candidates largely ignored.