Miss Puerto Rico Destiny Velez 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 director Michael Moore, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
The 20-year-old Velez directed her angry tweets at the film director — who created a buzz last week when he held up a sign reading “We Are All Muslim” outside of the Trump Tower and shared an open letter online claiming that, unlike Trump, “we are not a country of angry white guys.”
In her tweets, Velez said, “Muslims use our constitution to terrorize USA & plant gas stations,” before later adding that Muslims “terrorize this country & many others.”
Velez’s remarks prompted the Miss Puerto Rico Organization to issue a statement calling her comments a poor representation of “the integrity and esteem of our program.”
“Miss Velez’s actions were in contradiction to the organization, and therefore as a consequence of her actions, she has been suspended indefinitely,” the statement read. “The Miss Puerto Rico Organization will not tolerate any actions or behavior contrary to the Miss Puerto Rico Organization.”
Velez apologized 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.”