A former Miss USA is crediting President Donald Trump with saving her life.
In 2006, Tara Conner was struggling with cocaine and drinking when many people demanded her crown back. Instead, Trump announced she would have the chance to keep her crown if she entered rehab.
“I was 20 in 2006 when I was crowned Miss USA. Few people knew my name and my “Miss USA story.” Later that year, millions knew my name because of my real story, the story I didn’t want shared. I became famous as “Mess USA” when my boss — now the president of the United States — tossed me into rehab after I tested positive for cocaine. Rather than strip me of my crown or add to the negative press with a humiliation campaign, Donald Trump surprised me, and shocked the world, when he held a news conference and declared: “Tara is going to be given a second chance.”
“I am super grateful for what Donald Trump did for me…when he gave me a second chance,” Conner told Fox News. “He treated [the situation] perfectly because I wasn’t a bad person…I was a sick person.”
Sasha Savitsky at Fox News reports that Conner said Trump’s views about addiction and mental health is “what we need” and a lot of people voted for him “because they feel as though he can make a change about the addiction crisis.”
“So his words so far have been amazing,” she told us. “I’m really excited what action is taken.”
Conner knows her views on Trump are not popular, especially among Hollywood stars who use their platform to speak out against the president. However, she said it’s her job to leave her personal beliefs to herself and focus on the best way to advocate for her cause.
“I can’t wait another four years to wait for another president to come in here,” she explained of wanting to work with Trump on addiction prevention. “And this is a bipartisan issue so there’s no reason for me not to go to the boss because who else would I go to?”
She added, “If we keep battling each other…nothing’s going to get done. So I do 100 percent support him when it comes to the area of addiction and addiction services and mental health because his success is my success and it’s the country’s success and so of course I’m going to support that.”