Former Miss USA Tara Conner is now saying that Donald J. Trump saved her life after she ended up in rehab suffering an addiction to drugs.
Connor, who won the Miss USA contest in 2006, was in danger of losing her title due to her drug addiction, but instead of cutting her off and leaving her on her own, Donald Trump made sure she got help in rehab and now Connor is thanking Trump for saving her life, the Daily Mail reported.
“Donald Trump made me great again,” Connor, a 31-year-old from Kentucky, is proud to say. “I thank him for my 10 years of recovery,” Conner wrote in a new op-ed in USA Today.
“I will always be profoundly grateful. He saved my life,” she continued.
Connor became embroiled in controversy after wining her crown in 2006. She was accused of heavy partying, sexual indiscretions, and wild behavior and in her op-ed she notes that she was a naive 20-year-old who went from obscurity to sudden notoriety and she didn’t react well to it all.
“Later that year, millions knew my name because of my real story, the story I didn’t want shared. I became famous as ‘Mess USA’ when my boss — now the president of the United States — tossed me into rehab after I tested positive for cocaine,” she wrote.
Connor was on the verge of being kicked out of the Miss USA pageant, though, when in December of 2006 she held an emotional press conference apologizing for her wild behavior after having won the title.
But instead of throwing her out and revoking her crown, Trump — who was running the pageant — stepped in and took action to help give her a second chance at life.
“Rather than strip me of my crown or add to the negative press with a humiliation campaign, Donald Trump surprised me, and shocked the world, when he held a news conference and declared: ‘Tara is going to be given a second chance,'” Connor said.
“It was 10 years ago that I got out of treatment, and I thank him for my 10 years of recovery. I will always be profoundly grateful. He saved my life and, essentially, made me great again. As part of my journey, I have become a vocal advocate for recovery, and today I speak out for the millions who do not have a voice,” she wrote.
Connor went on to use her platform to advocate for help for Americans who suffer drug addiction.
There are 22 million Americans who suffer with a substance use disorder. Only one in 10 of them has the opportunity to receive treatment for addiction. My boss set an example for employers to help folks who, like me, would not have been able to otherwise afford treatment or even know how and where to look for help.
Untreated addiction costs the U.S. economy $442 billion a year — twice what is spent on diabetes. Sadly, we lose 350 American lives each day to this domestic crisis, which now steals more youth from us than car accidents or guns. Last November, then-Surgeon General Vivek Murthy released a landmark report, Facing Addiction in America, on alcohol, drugs and health. “How we respond to this crisis is a moral test for America,” he said.
Connor went on to praise Trump for his pledges to alleviate the addiction problem in the U.S.
“The president should also know that I am committed to supporting him in any way that I can. It is the least I can do considering what he did for me,” Connor concluded.
Oprah interviewed Conner and can be watched below:
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