"Donald Trump is the biggest issue facing our country today", Collins responded.
Miss America 2018, Cara Mund, aired her greviences with the organization, specifically with Carlson, in a letter that went public last month, stating she had been "silenced".
ABC broadcast Miss America live from Atlantic City on Sunday night.
Franklin said during her onstage interview that she was one of only a small number of minority students in school growing up, but used her love for music and the arts to grow and fit in. At the end, Matthews asked each contestant what is on her mind, giving them a chance to talk about their favorite causes, from global warming and the environment to the impact of campus sexual harassment. That honor went to Miss Massachusetts Gabriela Taveras, whose question dealt with how Americans traveling overseas should interact with people in other countries. Supporters welcomed it as a long-overdue attempt to make Miss America more relevant to contemporary society, while others mourn the loss of what they consider an integral part of what made Miss America an enduring part of Americana.
The third and final preliminaries will be held Friday.
Also tonight, Miss Indiana Lydia Tremaine won the talent portion for singing Frank Sinatra's "That's Life".
She said she plans to advocate for the arts during her tenure as Miss America.
The Miss America contest was started in 1921 by a group of Atlantic City businessmen who created a week of festivities, including the Atlantic City Bathing Beauty Contest, as a way to extend the summer resort season past Labor Day.
During the first two nights of competition, some of the onstage interview questions have touched on hot button issues, including NFL national anthem protests.
But McPhail, 22, had a (literally) winning response to the question.
She told judges players have the right to protest by kneeling, noting that the real issue is police brutality.
On Wednesday, Miss Florida Taylor Tyson won the talent competition for a piano performance, and Miss Wisconsin Tianna Vanderhei won the interview competition for her comments on education.