I was 20 in 2006 when I was crowned Miss USA. Few people knew my name and my “Miss USA story.” 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. 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.”
Erin Brady poses with Donald Trump, co-owner of the Miss Universe Organization, at a news conference after being crowned Miss USA 2013 at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada June 16, 2013. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – RTX10QFZ
Aren’t those great words? Second chance.
Conner also love love loved how Trump recently talked to Congress about helping people who are addicted to drugs.
“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,” she said. “It was 10 years ago that I got out of treatment, and I thank him for my 10 years of recovery,” she wrote. “I will always be profoundly grateful. He saved my life and, essentially, made me great again.”