"I don't think that she had an issue with that," he said of the pageant's transgender policy. "I think her primary issue was that she lost and she's angry about losing and, frankly, in my opinion, I saw her for barely a second, she didn't deserve to be in the top 15."
Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island was crowned the new Miss USA Sunday night. Incidentally, she spoke on the topic of the admission of transgender contestants when answering the pageant's first-ever Twitter-submitted question.
"I do think that that would be fair, but I can understand that people would be a little apprehensive to take that road because there is a tradition of natural-born women, but today where there are so many surgeries and so many people out there who have a need to change for a happier life, I do accept that because I believe it's a free country," Culpo said.
Culpo, a 20-year-old cellist, will go on to represent the United States in the Miss Universe pageant.