Republican presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump addresses questions of religion and his recent comments about Mexico during the Family Leader Summit on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at Stephens Auditorium in Ames, Iowa.(Photo: Bryon Houlgrave/The Register)
DES MOINES, Iowa — Two weeks ago, Iowa Poll respondent Suzanne Sawyer was explaining why she was happy Donald Trump is in the presidential race: He brings up topics she cares about, she said.
Now she says flatly: “I’m over him.”
Sawyer, a 53-year-old Fort Dodge resident who describes herself as a very conservative Tea Party supporter, is among the Iowa Republicans who say they’re fed up with Trump because of what they view as his derogatory remarks about women.
The GOP women expressing concerns about Trump’s remarks include Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, the top female elected officials in Iowa, which kicks off voting for the presidency.
“I personally find it unacceptable,” Reynolds told The Des Moines Register. “It’s not appropriate in politics, it’s not appropriate in business, and it’s not appropriate anywhere.”
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Trump, front-runner in the late August Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll, has been making headlines for months about what many see as his tendency to make fat-pig-bimbo-type comments. One of his latest riffs was to mock rival presidential candidate Carly Fiorina for her physical appearance. “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?” he told Rolling Stone magazine.
Another example: Trump’s innuendo last month that Fox News host Megyn Kelly questioned him about his treatment of women because she was menstruating.
Yet poll ratings in Iowa and nationally have continued to climb for Trump, who gained fame as a businessman, author and star of The Apprentice reality TV show.
Ernst, during a media conference call on Thursday, said: “I would like to think our presidential candidates would at least respect other people, whether male or female.”
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday, August 15, 2015. (Photo: Brian Powers/The Register)
She said she didn’t want to single out Trump for criticism, but added: “If there’s not a certain level of respect, how do we know that people are going to come to the table and work together?”
Former state Rep. Renee Schulte, who backs former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, said she thinks women who support Trump will “start …Read More