The annual Miss USA pageant aired on Sunday, July 12, on the Reelz Channel at the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, La. The controversy related to co-owner Donald Trump, due to the comments he made during his presidential campaign announcement, calling Mexican immigrants “rapists,” did not stop a few pageant contestants from making some mistakes of their own.

Miss USA Flubs: Miss Rhode Island and Miss Nevada Can’t Answer Final Question

When the pageant contestants make it to the Top 5 the pressure rises during the judges’ final questions. This year contestants Anea Garcia from Rhode Island and Brittany McGowan from Nevada were the unfortunate victims of the “loss for words” bug — after flubbing their way through their responses to the final question.

“Recently, comedian Jerry Seinfeld spoke out about political correctness in our culture,” the judge began. “Do you think political correctness is hurting or helping this country and why?” Garcia kept a smile on her face, but appeared nervous as she started forming her response.

“That’s a very good question,” she said. “I think that it’s a balance of both. We definitely need…I’m sorry, may you please repeat the question once more?” The judge Tara Conner, a former Miss USA winner, decided to ask the question again, though Garcia’s answer still lacked clarity.

“I think that it’s a balance of both” she repeated, after a pause. “We need the people to remind us, especially politicians, to remind us what to do and when to do wrong.” At that moment, her 30 seconds were up, and she was unable to finish crafting a better response.

Luckily, Garcia was not alone in her embarrassment — McGowan did not fare any better in her answers.

“What would you do to improve race relations in the U.S.?” the judge asked. “Please be specific.” McGowan seemed to have no logical response to that question. “What I would do to improve race relations in the U.S. is get more races grouped together and be able to be with each other in a… in a non… let’s see…” she said with a laugh. “I think what we need to do is bring…ahh…” Finally, she managed to close the 30 seconds out with an acceptable answer.

“We need to be more accepting of each other and we need to bring people together. That’s what I think we need to do.”