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Miss Puerto Rico Apologizes After Getting Suspended Over Anti-Muslim Tweets

Miss Puerto Rico 2015 was suspended from the Miss Puerto Rico Organization after posting a series of online messages on Dec. 17 bashing Islam during a Twitter feud with filmmaker Michael Moore. 

Moore posted a picture of himself on Twitter on Dec. 16, which showed him standing outside of Trump Tower in New York City displaying a sign that read "We are all Muslim" in protest of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's proposals to prevent all Muslims from entering the U.S, The Washington Times reports.

The hashtag #WeAreAllMuslim began trending after the tweet. Then, Miss Puerto Rico 2015, 20-year-old Destiny Velez, tweeted at Moore.

Velez reportedly sent out a whole series of messages directed at Moore. 

Two of the tweets that have been circulated widely are: "there's NO comparison between Jews, Christians & Muslims. Jews nor Christians have terrorizing agendas in their sacred books" and "all what Muslims have done is provided oil & terrorize this country & many others!!!!!!."

Velez also reportedly expressed support for Trump during her rant. 

Velez's Twitter page has since been deleted, according to CNN. The Miss Puerto Rico Organization distanced itself from Velez's comments in the days following her outburst and issued a statement on the matter.

"Miss Velez's actions were in contradiction to the organization, and therefore as a consequence of her actions, she has been suspended indefinitely," the statement read, in part. "The Miss Puerto Rico Organization will not tolerate any actions or behavior contrary to the Miss Puerto Rico Organization."

Velez also apologized personally in the organization's statement.

"I apologize to the people I have offended with my words," she said. "I am first and foremost an #UpStander and as such I stand up against bullying. The last thing I wanted to do was to bully anyone. Again, I apologize to anyone who felt offended with my words."

Sources: The Washington Times, CNN / Photo credit: Facebook, CNN

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