The newly crowned Miss USA has ignited a firestorm on Twitter with an answer she gave onstage at the pageant.

Kara McCullough, who was Miss District of Columbia, was asked whether she thought healthcare is a right or a privilege for Americans.

“I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege,” said McCullough, who also works as a scientist at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She added that Americans shouldn't be forced to pay for other people's healthcare. 

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“As a government employee, I’m granted healthcare. And I see firsthand that for one, to have healthcare, you need to have jobs, so therefore we need to continue to cultivate this environment so that we’re given the opportunities to have healthcare as well as jobs for all Americans worldwide," McCullough said.

Her answer quickly stoked controversy on Twitter, with some users saying they couldn't support McCullough due to her views.

Other Twitter users quickly jumped to her defense, saying that her comments were correct.

McCullough ended up winning the pageant, edging out Miss New Jersey Chhavi Verg, a student at Rutgers University.