If you're a young Republican woman,firmly believing in limited government,free market capitalism,a strong national defense,and the same basic liberties for all,what are you to do when your party nominates Donald Trump?
The ascent of the businessman-turned-reality-star-turned-presidential-candidate has rallied millions to back his raucous,brash campaign rhetoric—and millions more to recoil in anguish at the prospect of Trump holding the highest office in government.Some brave souls havespoken outagainst the candidate,and some even braver souls have gone so far as todenounce him entirelyin favor of supporting his presidential rival,Hillary Clinton.Two such women: Jennifer Pierotti Lim and Meghan Milloy,the founder and chair,respectively,of the organization Republican Women for Hillary.
The mission of the group is fairly self-explanatory: They are a group of Republican women who,when faced with the prospect of electing Donald Trump,are opting for the Democratic candidate and are engaging with other like-minded women to make it happen (you might have even caught Lim during the DNC,speaking as a Republican voice for Hillary Clinton).Glamourrecently chatted with Lim and Milloy about why they're with her,how they hope to shape this election,and what their party can do to win back disillusioned voters.
Glamour: You've both been lifelong Republicans—what GOP principles and ideas most resonate with you?
Meghan Milloy:The Republican ideals of economic prosperity and economic growth,lower taxes,pro-business,pro-trade—these sorts of things.That's been one of the segues that's made it easy to make the jump and go to Hillary Clinton this round.She has been pro-economy,pro-trade,and pro-growth and that's been important to me.
Jennifer Pierotti Lim:Meghan covered a lot of what I agree with.I'd definitely be focused on more of a limited government and deferring to the states on a lot of issues—that resonates with me,as does a free market approach.A lot of these things are more in line with what Hillary Clinton is standing for this election in terms of strong national defense and pro-trade policies.
Glamour: During the primary process (and even before any votes were even cast) which Republican candidate or candidates did you support?
MM:I voted in the D.C.primary and I voted for John Kasich.Though,I attended some events for Jeb Bush and was a big fan of what he was representing.Probably those two guys,but I did vote for John Kasich.
JPL:I was definitely excited about Jeb Bush.I think he's a very thoughtful policymaker.During the debates,I thought Carly Fiorina was by far the best prepared and most articulate on a lot of the policy issues I care about.And I liked the fact that Carly Fiorina came from the business sector.
Glamour: How does Donald Trump most depart from your political beliefs?Was there one specific moment where you thought,OK,that's it.I'm done?
MM:有这么多。[Laughs] Trump's rhetoric,his anti-immigration policies—building a wall,keeping out Muslims—is really against Republican ideals of increasing the GDP and increasing productivity.Look at his proposals to renegotiate NAFTA,which has been hugely successful for the country,and to pull out of NATO,which has been essential to our national security and our presence worldwide.These are Republican ideals,and the fact that he departed from them made me start thinking,Not only has this man been vile in the rhetoric he's used against women and minorities,but he's espousing policy concepts that are not Republican ideals.I'm certainly not going to support him.I guess the breaking points—I don't know if I had one;I think I had many—pushing me further and further were his whole spat with Megyn Kelly,the names he's called Rosie O'Donnell,when he was talking about the disabled journalist,and his fight with a baby [at a campaign rally].You listen to his supporters at [his events] saying things like,"Kill them!" and I certainly don't want to be part of any movement like that.
JPL:I think if you're a Republican you've gone through many stages of grief during this election.The breaking point for me was when people I looked up to as Republican leaders started endorsing Trump amidst his comments about women.Obviously his comments about women resonate with us first because we're women,but a second breaking point for me was when he went back on Megyn [Kelly's show] and Megyn Kelly said to him,"You've called me a bimbo and other names," and he responded with,"I've bet you've been called a lot worse." It was so vile that he would say that on TV,and nobody responded to it.When you look at things like [Trump's proposed] Muslim ban and a building wall between the U.S.and Mexico,it hearkens back to some of America's darkest days—the Japanese internment camps or McCarthyism.It hearkens back to very scary times that we should have learned from as Americans.