ICYMI: Ann Kirkpatrick and Female Legislators Blast Trump’s Long Record of Disrespecting Women

Ahead of Donald Trump’s visit to Arizona yesterday, U.S. Representative Ann Kirkpatrick, State Senator Katie Hobbs, State Representative Rebecca Rios, and Tolleson Mayor-elect Anna Tovar held a press conference on Trump’s long record of disrespecting women. He has called women “fat pigs,” “bimbos,” and “dogs,” and just this pastFriday, he fired off a series of unhinged, sexist tweets at former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, proving that he has thin skin and is unfit to be president.

Speakers also highlighted the fact that John McCain still supports the GOP nominee despite all of this, and that thus, he has clearly changed after spending 33 years in Washington.

KPNX (NBC): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ4_9BkavK0&feature=youtu.be

KSAZ (FOX): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y6BIV4PbTM&feature=youtu.be

KAET (PBS): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W6qyLX4dsU&feature=youtu.be

KNXV (ABC): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5h3_GgAe3Sk&feature=youtu.be

KTAZ (Telemundo): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vz9ip2DYZbY&feature=youtu.be

11:45 a.m.: Kirkpatrick, Rios and Hobbs: McCain should denounce Trump


Ahead of Donald Trump’s visit to Prescott Valley, three Democratic women lawmakers sought to tie the Republican nominee’s poor standing with women to U.S. Sen. John McCain, who is running for a sixth term.

U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., who is challenging McCain, unloaded on her opponent at a news conference at the Arizona Democratic Party headquarters in Phoenix. State Sen. Katie Hobbs, D-Phoenix, and state Rep. Rebecca Rios, D-Phoenix, joined her.

“McCain continues to support Donald trump in spite of the fact that he insults women, he insults minorities, he insults immigrants, he insults Gold Star families,” she said. “There’s nothing that can make John McCain denounce Donald Trump. … Who you walk with says a lot about who you are.”

McCain supports Trump, though it’s been an uneasy alliance.

In July 2015 McCain said Trump had “fired up the crazies.” That led Trump to respond, McCain’s “not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

In May, Trump told radio host Don Imus McCain was a hero, but said he wasn’t sure he regretted his comments on McCain’s capture in Vietnam. “I don’t, you know — I like not to regret anything.”

In August, after Trump’s war of words with an immigrant family whose son died fighting for the U.S. in Iraq, McCain wrote that he didn’t approve of the spat.

“I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement,” McCain said, though he has continued to back Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Local democratic leaders denounce Trump before Arizona visit


PHOENIX - Ahead of Trump's visit to Arizona, U.S. Representative Ann Kirkpatrick and female legislators are denouncing the presidential candidate and what they call his long history of disrespecting women.

The Arizona democratic leaders stood together, calling on Arizona women to come together and vote for Hillary Clinton, they say for fear of what could happen if Donald trump is elected.

“Donald Trump’s values don’t represent who Arizona is," Kirkpatrick said.

Not a supporter of Arizona or women, Kirkpatrick says of Donald Trump, as she pleads with mothers, grandmothers and daughters to vote for Hillary Clinton.

“I honestly cannot believe in this day and age that he’s saying such hateful, despicable things about women,” Kirkpatrick said.

At the Arizona Democratic Headquarters, Senate Democratic leader Katie Hobbs, State Representative Rebecca Rios and Tolleson Mayor Elect Anna Tovar backed Kirkpatrick.

“I don’t know if he thinks this is a joke or if he really wants us to be back in an episode of Mad Men but we should not be sending a man who thinks this way about women to the White House," Hobbs said.

These Arizona leaders also attacked Trump's policies.

“He believes that women should be punished for having an abortion and he has vowed to nominate supreme court judges who support Roe V. Wade," said Rios.

They all agree, Hillary is a better fit for the job.

Kirkpatrick is in the middle of a high-profile race against U.S. Senator John McCain, hoping to take his seat in November.


Arizona Democrats work to keep focus on Hillary Clinton

With the spotlight on Donald Trump as he visited Arizona for the sixth time on Tuesday, volunteers and staff worked hard to keep the focus on their candidate, Hillary Clinton.

The phone bank was busy, as dozens of volunteers streamed in and out of the office all day, working the phone lines to reach out to undecided voters, reminding people to vote, and recruiting volunteers to help in their effort.

On Tuesday, a group of Democratic female lawmakers held a press conference to discuss Trump's derogatory comments towards women. In the past, Trump has been known to use terms like "fat," "Miss Piggy" and bimbo" to describe women.

"I take things personally the things that Donald Trump is saying about women," U.S. Candidate for Senate Ann Kirkpatrick said.

"I was actually told you can't be a congresswoman. Nobody's going to elect a woman in your state, and I did it," she said.

State Senate Minority Leader Katie Hobbs, a mother of two children, also expressed her concerns.

"Donald Trump's rhetoric about women is frankly disgusting to me," Hobbs said.

She added that he has had several opportunities to back down from his statements but refuses to apologize.

"We should not be sending a man who thinks this way about women to the White House," Hobbs said.

State Representative Rebecca Rios said Trump doesn't have "the values that we seek in a president."

"I'm here as a mother of a young daughter and someone who refuses to allow the women and girls in Arizona to be represented by someone who sees women as mere sex objects — who's value can be measured in a swimsuit, or on a stage in a beauty contest," Rios added.

Barbara Lubin, the Arizona Democratic Party political director, listened to Trump's speech in Prescott Valley and said she wasn't surprised — or impressed.

"It's just more of the same," Lubin said. "There's really no substance to it Really, just throws out statements that people like to hear."

She said Trump's sixth visit to Arizona solidified the idea that he was nervous about possibly losing Arizona in the election.

Democratic female lawmakers also brought up concerns about Trump's policies on pay equity between men and women.

State Representative Rios said "Worse than his words are the policies that Donald Trump would bring to the White House. He does not support pay equity. He's being sued for gender discrimination. He pays male staffers 35 percent more than he pays the women."

According to Rios, Trump views pregnancy as an inconvenience for women's career. He has also alluded that women who've felt that they've been sexually harassed in the workforce should find another career and that abortions should be punishable.

"All of the progress women have made in the last 50 years would be turned back if Donald Trump were elected President," Rios said.


Female Arizona Political Leaders Speak Out Against Trump

On the occasion of Donald Trump’s 6th campaign stop in Arizona, some of the state’s female Democratic leaders are speaking out.
At the event, speakers including senate candidate Ann Kirkpatrick and state Sen. Katie Hobbs spoke about how Trump would set back efforts in areas of pay equity and women’s health care.
State Rep. Rebecca Rios said a Trump presidency is dangerous for women.
“All of the progress that women have made over the last 50 years will be turned back if Donald Trump were to be elected president," Rios said. "We need a champion, not a bully, in the White House.”
The Democratic legislators also spent time listing Trump’s long record of disrespecting women. They cited recent sexist tweets at former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, saying he’s thin skinned and unfit to be president.