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Women Call on Local Republican Leaders to Denounce Trump

Several political and community leaders in San Diego will be speaking Tuesday morning at a protest and media event calling out local Republican candidates who are backing Donald Trump or have been silent on his history of misogyny and sexual assault.

WHOFrancine Busby, Chair, San Diego County Democratic Party
           Dale Kelly Bankhead, Secretary-Treasurer, San Diego Labor Council
           Kim Sontag-Mulder, San Diego Chapter President, National Organization for Women
           Mary Latibashvili, President, UCSD College Democrats
           And other women leaders, elected officials, candidates, and students  

WHAT: At a time when many national Republican leaders have denounced their Party's nominee in no uncertain terms, some Republicans running for office in San Diego continue to back Trump, avoid responding to his outrageous behavior, or refuse to say who they're voting for. In a city not long ago roiled by its own scandal involving sexual harassment and assault, their actions (or inaction) show a serious failure of leadership. 

WHEN: Tuesday, October 18, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: The Free Speech Zone in front of the Geisel Library at UCSD (map)
Directions: From the South of La Jolla, take I-5 north and exit on La Jolla Village Dr. Turn Left. Turn right at the light onto Villa La Jolla Dr. to enter the campus. 

WHY: Donald Trump sexually assaults women, and these candidates for public office are silent: 

  • Congressman Darrell Issa continues to endorse Trump, even joining his campaign after the sexual assault video was released.
  • The Republican running for City Attorney, Robert Hickey, stood by and said nothing while Trump attacked immigrants and women for over a year. And he refused to condemn Trump after the video came out.  
  • The Republican candidate for County Supervisor, Kristin Gaspar, said she shares the same values as Trump. Where was she when Trump said Mexicans are rapists? Where was she when Trump mocked the disabled? She was standing right by Trump’s side.