For Immediate Release:
September 30, 2016
COLUMBUS – As GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump continues his anti-woman rants, women called attention to his misogyny today by hosting a mock beauty pageant outside the office of U.S. Sen. Rob Portman. The sash-wearing contestants urged Portman to withdraw his support for Trump, citing his pattern of sexism and racism.
Joining the beauty queens was a male protestor dressed as basket of deplorables who served as the pageant’s emcee.
Miss Gold Digger told the emcee, “When I am paid my entire dollar I won’t dig for gold.’’
Miss Flat-Chested asked, “Why does Donald Trump talk so much about women’s breasts? That’s weird, even for a guy who hangs around beauty pageants.’’
Miss Piggy noted that “Trump has a preoccupation with weight’’ and said men are not immune from his insults, pointing out Trump’s pattern of mocking New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for being overweight.
“Remember when Ivana said America needs immigrants because somebody needs to do the vacuuming,’’ said Miss Housekeeping. “I see why she loved The Donald.’’
Eight women took part in the pageant and then headed into Portman’s office to ask him to denounce Trump.
The protest comes as Trump continues to unleash sexist attacks on Hillary Clinton and doubles down on past insults hurled at other women, including former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. Instead of apologizing for calling Machado “Miss Piggy’’ and “Miss Housekeeping,’’ Trump continues to make disparaging remarks about her. In the wee hours of the morning, Trump encourage his followers to check out a “sex tape” of Machado.
“Trump does not represent the party of Lincoln,” said Sandy Theis, executive director of ProgressOhio, the group that hosted the pageant. “Lincoln encouraged the nation to “have ‘malice toward none and charity for all.’ Trump suggest we look at a trumped up sex tape.”
The contestants dropped off a packet of news clips to Portman’s office that included a September 29 column by Brent Larkin of The Plain Dealer that chronicled Trump’s racism and sexism.
“Top elected officials in Ohio, from Sen. Rob Portman on down, should be ashamed of themselves for openly supporting such a repugnant human being,’’ Larkin wrote.
A Portman staffer said that Portman was out of the office but would deliver the message.