Offices of U.S. Sen. Rob Portman were picketed by two separate groups Friday.
One group, that marched outside the federal building in downtown Columbus, opposes any cuts to the already modest Social Security benefits, and its members called on Senator Portman to renounce his support for privatizing Social Security and raising the retirement age.
The other group held a mock beauty pageant to call attention to GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump’s anti-woman rants and urge Portman to withdraw his endorsement of Trump.
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.’’
Portman faces a challenge from former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland who has a strong record in support of women’s rights and in opposition to privatizing Social Security.
Retirees urged Portman to sign this pledge to strengthen Social Security:
“More than 58 million Americans rely on Social Security checks earned through a lifetime of work. More than a retirement program, Social Security provides life insurance benefits to young survivors of deceased workers and disability insurance protection for workers and their families. I pledge to oppose every effort to privatize, cut benefits or raise the retirement age. I also pledge to expand Social Security so that every American can retire with dignity and respect.”