As the Miss USA contestants take center stage tonight pageant owner Donald Trump will take a stage of his own on the presidential campaign trail.
Trump tweeted he would forgo Baton Rouge Sunday night to campaign in Phoenix, Arizona.
Controversy has surrounded the pageant since Trump commented on Mexicans coming to the United States largely as criminals, rapists and drug users. Since then, the pageant lost national airtime, its hosts and performers.
I will not be able to attend the Miss USA pageant tomorrow night because I am campaigning in Phoenix. Wishing all well!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2015