Miss USA pageant sparks outrage for asking contestant her presidential pick

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Donald Trump may no longer own Miss USA, but the presidential candidate still had quite a presence at the 2016 Miss USA Pageant.

During the top 5 question-and-answer session, Miss Hawaii was asked directly which of the presumptive U.S. presidential nominees she would vote for — an inquiry that prompted boos in the Las Vegas auditorium and immediate outcry on social media.

Harper's Bazaar Executive Editor Laura Brown asked the question, which was written by the Miss USA organization: "With Hillary Clinton expected to surpass the delegate count needed to win the Democratic party nomination, my question to you is: If the election were held tomorrow, would you vote Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump for President and why would you chose one over the other?"

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Arizona USA 2016 Chelsea Myers stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Hawaii USA 2016 Chelsea Hardin stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss District of Columbia USA 2016 Deshauna Barber is named a top 15 finalist during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss 52 USA 2016 Alexandra Miller stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Wyoming USA 2016 Autumn Olson stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Washington USA 2016 Kelsey Schmidt stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Colorado USA 2016 Caley-Rae Pavillard stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Utah USA 2016 Teale Murdock stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Rhode Island USA 2016 Theresa Agonia stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Ohio USA 2016 Megan Wise stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss North Carolina USA 2016 Devin Gant stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Montana USA 2016 Sibahn Doxey stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Alaska USA 2016 Ariane Audett stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Oregon USA 2016 Natriana Shorter stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss North Dakota USA 2016 Halley Maas stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Mississippi USA 2016 Haley Sowers stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Minnesota USA 2016 Bridget Jacobs stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss New Mexico USA 2016 Naomie Germain stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss South Dakota USA 2016 Madison McKeown stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss New Jersey USA 2016 Jessielyn Palumbo stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Florida USA 2016 Brie Gabrielle stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss South Carolina USA 2016 Leah Lawson stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Nevada USA 2016 Emelina Adams stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Iowa USA 2016 Alissa Morrison stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Oklahoma USA 2016 Taylor Gorton stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Illinois USA 2016 Zena Malak stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Alabama USA 2016 Peyton Brown stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Pennsylvania USA 2016 Elena LaQuatra stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss New Hampshire USA 2016 Jessica Strohm stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Idaho USA 2016 Sydney Halper stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Maryland USA 2016 Christina Denny stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Michigan USA 2016 Susie Leica stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Kansas USA 2016 Victoria Wiggins stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Georgia USA 2016 Emanii Davis stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Arkansas USA 2016 Abby Floyd stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Wisconsin USA 2016 Kate Redeker stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Indiana USA 2016 Morgan Abel stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Delaware USA 2016 Alexandra Vorontsova stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Top 15 finalist Miss Virginia USA 2016 Desi Williams walks onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Connecticut USA 2016 Tiffany Teixeira stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss South Carolina USA 2016 Leah Lawson is named a top 15 finalist during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Georgia USA 2016 Emanii Davis is named a top 15 finalist during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss New York USA 2016 Serena Bucaj stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss South Carolina USA 2016 Leah Lawson is named a top 15 finalist during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss West Virginia USA 2016 Nichole Greene is named a top 15 finalist during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Alabama USA 2016 Peyton Brown is named a top 15 finalist during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Missouri USA 2016 Sydnee Stottlemyre is named a top 15 finalist during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss New York USA 2016 Serena Bucaj stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss New Jersey USA 2016 Jessielyn Palumbo stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Oregon USA 2016 Natriana Shorter stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Rhode Island USA 2016 Theresa Agonia stands onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Before Brown could even finish the question, the audience in Las Vegas began booing quite loudly.

Miss Hawaii Chelsea Hardin looked surprised by the question and joked, "I would get that, right?"

She composed herself and answered: "All I have to say ... it doesn't matter what gender. What we need in the United States is someone who represents those of us who feel like we don't have a voice. Those of us who want our voices heard. We need a president who will push for what is right and who will push for what America really needs. Thank you."

The Twitterverse exploded in outrage over the question. Below are some of the responses.

When the show returned from commercial break, host Terrence Jenkins acknowledged how controversial the question was, and reiterated that it was the Miss USA Organization who came up with it.

Miss District of Columbia Deshauna Barber won the title. Miss Hawaii was first runner-up.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss District of Columbia USA 2016 Deshauna Barber (L) reacts as she is crowned Miss USA 2016 by Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Actor Terrence J (L) and actress/singer Julianne Hough co-host the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Singer A.J. McLean of the Backstreet Boys salutes Miss District of Columbia USA 2016 Deshauna Barber as she walks onstage during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Barber went on to be named the new Miss USA. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss District of Columbia USA 2016 Deshauna Barber (L) reacts as she is crowned Miss USA 2016 by Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss District of Columbia USA 2016 Deshauna Barber (C) is surrounded by fellow contestants after she was crowned Miss USA 2016 during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Recording artist Chris Young performs during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: The top 15 compete in the swimsuit competition during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: (L-R) Miss District of Columbia USA 2016 Deshauna Barber, Miss Hawaii USA 2016 Chelsea Hardin and Miss Georgia USA 2016 Emanii Davis compete in the top 3 during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: (L-R) Singers A.J. McLean, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys perform during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Georgia USA 2016 Emanii Davis (L) walks onstage while singer Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys performs during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss South Dakota USA 2016 Madison McKeown competes in the evening gown competition during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Davis went on to be be named 2nd runner up. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss District of Columbia USA 2016 Deshauna Barber (L) and Miss Hawaii USA 2016 Chelsea Hardin hold hands as Miss District of Columbia USA 2016 Deshauna Barber is named Miss USA 2016 during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hardin was first runner-up. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: Miss Hawaii USA 2016 Chelsea Hardin is named a top 10 finalist after the swimsuit competition during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05: (L-R) Miss Connecticut USA 2016 Tiffany Teixeira, Miss Missouri USA 2016 Sydnee Stottlemyre and Miss California USA 2016 Nadia Mejia compete in the swimsuit competition during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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