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Trumpettes Robin Bernstein and Toni Holt Kramer at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July, 2016. (Facebook/Trumpettes USA)

Birds of a feather

Meet the Trumpettes: Inside a high-society circle of ‘politically incorrect’ pro-Trump women

September 8, 2016

If you want an insight to the circles Donald Trump was running in before he launched his bid for the White House, look no further than the Trumpettes USA, writes Nancy Pastor, in a fascinating profile for Politico. The mostly high-society group of women — including Gennifer Flowers, who gained notoriety after revealing she had a sexual relationship with former president Bill Clinton — actively scout opportunities for pro-Trump events and fundraisers, as well as meeting to discuss their favorite candidate for the U.S. presidency. They even have an official hand sign: one bejeweled finger over another, forming a T.

Trumpettes USA was founded last fall during a gala in Los Angeles, at the Beverly Hilton, where reporter-turned-socialite Toni Holt Kramer and several of her wealthy friends decided to launch a pro-Trump women’s group, whose members had ties to his property or the man himself. Some of the women attended the Republican National Convention in July, although the group’s members are “ideologically flexible,” writes Pastor, having donated to both major parties and befriending political players across the spectrum. They are also, Pastor writes, as politically incorrect as Trump, if not more so.

“I don’t think, at this point in our history, anyone is going to listen to a woman, whether it be Hillary or anyone else, as a leader,” said former TV host, weight loss expert and self-described Democrat Nikki Haskell.  “We need someone tough, strong, that [ISIS is] afraid of. We need a man.”

Of Huma Abedin, vice chair of Clinton’s campaign, she said, “I don’t think we we should have a Muslim in power, someone working for the president.”

For her part, Kramer says Trump is not a racist, and that her own criticisms of President Obama are not rooted in intolerance but based on his failed legacy. “I was raised by a black nanny, there’s no prejudice on my side. I’m not bigoted. I’ve had people who have worked in my life, Hispanics, black, they’ve all been in my life 10, 15 years that work for us.”

Flowers told Pastor she identifies as a Trumpette because she “wouldn’t ever consider supporting the Clintons,” and finds Trump’s economic and immigration platforms appealing.

The Trumpettes USA even have an official hand sign: one finger over another, forming a T. (Facebook/Trumpettes USA)
The Trumpettes USA even have an official hand sign: one finger over another, forming a T. (Facebook/Trumpettes USA)

Read the full story at Politico.


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