Bud Kennedy

Republican women frown over Trump, but one Texan’s had enough

Donald J. Trump greets supporters Saturday outside Trump Tower.
Donald J. Trump greets supporters Saturday outside Trump Tower. AP

More Republican women gave up on Donald Trump on Saturday, shunning or denouncing their grabby presidential nominee.

If they didn’t call for his immediate removal, as former candidate Carly Fiorina and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice did, they spoke with their silence.

“Sad to say, I wasn’t surprised,” said Bedford Republican Debra McDaniels at the Fort Worth Republican Women’s monthly breakfast.

Attendance was off Saturday, she said: “Lots of people are walking blocks and knocking on doors for local candidates.” (Not always Trump.)

Kaye McCord Moreno of Fort Worth said she heard one comment over and over: “It’s nothing new.”

“I’m not condoning what he said, but we’ve heard it,” she said, apparently referring to Trump’s earlier, less violent but equally insulting comments about Fiorina, TV news anchor Megyn Kelly, Miss Universe contestants or stars Kim Kardashian or Nicollette Sheridan.

“He’s not politically correct,” Moreno said: “But it’s not about what he says; it’s about who’s going to do the right things for the country.”

As more Republicans, including four of the party’s five living former presidential nominees, decline or withdraw support for Trump, even the very few women evangelicals on his side began to criticize him.

On Facebook, former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin described his comments as “disgusting, shameful, totally disrespectful locker-room garbage” and “beyond abhorrent and offensive,” then shifted to criticize Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Former U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann dismissively referred to Trump’s “bad-boy talk.”

One conservative Texan already jumped ship.

“He’s sexist and boorish,” said Mindy Finn, the Houston native newly named as Utah conservative independent Evan McMullin’s vice presidential candidate.

“He taking us to the gutter in a way we’ve never seen. My heart breaks for our country.”

Finn, 35, a former online media strategist for 2012 nominee Mitt Romney, joins a ticket listed as a write-in for Texans.

McMullin, a former CIA officer and chief policy director for U.S. House Republicans, is many conservatives’ “Never Trump” candidate.

Finn warned that her former party’s future is at risk.

“The party is becoming less inclusive, turning off women and minorities,” she said by phone Saturday, saying she gave up on Trump when he said people from Mexico are “bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

“We should be bringing more diversity, not less,” she said, saying Republicans particularly need to attract young women.

Finn’s concern is that Republicans’ split “does not stop in November. Donald Trump and his people will continue to be out there in politics. … But for anyone who ever endorsed him or advocated for him, I think it will be very difficult. There are worse things to come.”

Of course. There’s still four weeks.

Bud Kennedy: 817-390-7538, bud@star-telegram.com, @BudKennedy. His column appears Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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