SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

WASHINGTON

A beauty queen from Puerto Rico, a United States territory located in the northeastern Caribbean, has been suspended indefinitely from Miss America competition after she fired off a series of vicious anti-Muslim tweets in response to the “We Are All Muslim” protests led by left-wing political activist and filmmaker Michael Moore. Destiny Velez, the 20-year-old Miss Puerto Rico, directed her angry tweets at the filmmaker - who created a buzz last week when he held up a sign reading “We Are All Muslim” outside of Trump Tower and shared an open letter online claiming that, unlike Trump, “we are not a country of angry white guys.” Moore’s move was in response to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the US, which prompted the #WeAreAllMuslim Twitter hashtag.

Velez’s tirade against Muslims prompted the Miss Puerto Rico Organisation to issue a statement calling her comments a poor representation of “the integrity and esteem of our programme.”

In her tweets, Velez said, “Muslims use our constitution to terrorise USA & plant gas stations,” before later adding that Muslims “terrorise this country & many others.” “Miss Velez’s actions were in contradiction to the Organisation, and therefore as a consequence of her actions, she has been suspended indefinitely,” the statement read. “The Miss Puerto Rico Organisation will not tolerate any actions or behaviour contrary to the Miss Puerto Rico Organisation.”

Velez apologised for her comments shortly after with a statement of her own. “I stand up against bullying,” she said. “The last thing I wanted to do was to bully anyone. I apologize to anyone who felt offended with my words.”