Miss USA 2017 Kara McCullough winning answer: See what Miss District of Columbia said [VIDEO]

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Las Vegas, UNITED STATES2017 Miss USA – Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., 14/05/2017 - Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough poses after being crowned 2017 Miss USA. Reuters/David Becker

Miss USA 2017 is Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough, who will now go on to compete in the Miss Universe pageant. McCullough is the second beauty queen from the District of Columbia to win back-to-back Miss USA titles.

In 2016, District of Columbia resident Deshauna Barber took the crown home. Barber crowned McCullough in a star-studded ceremony on Sunday night at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on the Las Vegas Strip.

The reigning beauty queen was asked if she thinks that affordable health care for all American citizens is a right or a privilege."I'm definitely going to say it's a privilege," McCullough said. "As a government employee, I am granted health care and I see firsthand that for one to have health care you need to have jobs so therefore we need to cultivate this environment that we're given the opportunity to have healthcare as well as jobs to all the American citizens worldwide."

Many viewers on Twitter, however, believed that McCullough's answer was not great. According to the critics, she should have said that healthcare is a right of every citizen in America. The Twitterverse also believed that first runner-up Chhavi Verg, Miss New Jersey USA, should have won the crown.

The second runner-up of the night was Miss Minnesota Meridith Gould, who is studying apparel retail merchandising at the University of Minnesota. McCullough and two other finalists were also asked later to explain the term feminist and if they consider themselves one. McCullough's answer took the cake here too.

She said that she would like to consider herself an “equalist” and she prefers “equalism” to feminism. "I don't want to call myself a feminist," she said. "Women, we are just as equal as men, especially in the workplace." McCullough majored in chemistry at South Carolina State University and now works as a scientist at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Verg also impressed the judges with her answer on feminism. "Feminism is striving for equality and I do consider myself a feminist. I think it's a misconception when people believe that feminism is women being better than men. But it's really not. It's a fight for equality,” she said, adding that if people want a stable society, equality between men and women is of utmost importance. The 21-year-old is studying marketing and Spanish at Rutgers University. She will go to compete at the Miss World contest. She became the second Indian-American Miss New Jersey USA.