- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Miss Texas Ylianna Guerra defended individual wealth and America as “the land of opportunity” during the interview segment of Sunday’s Miss USA pageant.

Ms. Guerra, 22, of McAllen, was asked during her Q&A if the U.S. government should limit CEOs’ salaries.

“Last year, CEOs in the United States made around 300 times as much as the average worker salary. Should the government impose boundaries on salaries of executives?” the questioner asked.

“That’s a very good question,” Ms. Guerra responded. “You know, I think that if you work hard enough, you can attain anything. This is the land of opportunity and CEOs — I believe that they work hard enough for their money, so I believe that they should be able to attain whatever it is they are working for.”

Her answer was met with a large round of applause and she was widely praised by the conservative Twittersphere, but the admiration didn’t last long after she flubbed her second question, The Blaze reported.

When asked who should be the first woman to appear on the $10 bill, Ms. Guerra said, “On the bills that we have right now, they are all of presidents, and so I think we should just wait until the upcoming election. We have both a Republican and Democratic candidate running for president, and I think we should just wait and see.”

Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton were not U.S. presidents.

Ms. Guerra finished first runner-up to Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan. Ms. Guerra was one of six Latinas competing Sunday night.

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