Yesterday, Minnesota women gathered to express their concern with Donald Trump and the Minnesota Republicans who stand by him. Over the past year and a half, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has mocked a reporter with a disability, made crude and aggressive comments about women, and described a former Miss USA as “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping.”
Although he has run a campaign of sexism, racism, and xenophobia, the majority – 98% – of Minnesota Republican legislative candidates still stand with Donald Trump. A recent Star Tribune poll revealed that 62% of Minnesota women believe Trump is unfit to be president, but Minnesota Republicans have failed to denounce him. And they have had plenty of time.
Because they’re standing by Trump, Minnesota Republicans are saying his behavior is OK. We can see this behavior not just at the federal level, but also in local elections. A clear example is Republican House Candidate Ali Jimenez-Hopper in Apple Valley, who made inappropriate comments about her opponent’s sexual orientation and race.
It’s no surprise these candidates – many sitting legislators – are standing by Trump. They have a lot in common, including working to defund Planned Parenthood, limiting women’s access to healthcare, opposing universal background checks on gun sales, denying climate change, and putting corporate special interests first instead of working families.
By standing with Trump, Minnesota Republicans are failing women and they’re failing to represent our Minnesota values.