Trump, the owner of the Miss Universe Organization and thus decider of Miss California's fate, resolved today to let the scandal-scarred and contract-violating titleholder keep her crown, over yesterday's urgings of Golden State pageant officials.
"Carrie will remain Miss California," the Donald announced at a press conference this morning, adding that "we are in the 21st century."
"We've really studied these photos," he said. "We've made a determination that everything we've seen to date that she's done—some were very beautiful, some were risqué—the pictures taken were acceptable, were fine, and in some cases were lovely pictures."
The aesthetic argument is one Trump returned to several times over the course of explaining his decision.