Many Republicans are fleeing the Trump campaign as fast as their legs can carry them. What we learn about Trump every day just keeps getting worse – and worse. But a few remain, clinging to the wreckage–including Ryan Zinke and his wife Lola.
Lest you doubt that being a Trump surrogate must be one of the most humiliating jobs in the world, take a look at these recent Trump events with Lola Zinke.
At this point, one has to wonder whether this is actually helping Trump–or whether the basic human instinct to cringe on her behalf is the lasting impression we’re left with.
1 – Appearing at the event at which it was first reported that “Trump now says he plans to legalize some undocumented immigrants” (Univision) Lola Zinke appears to have assumed the mantle of referring to Mexicans as “criminals or rapists,” saying:
“No one wants criminals or rapists here,” [Lola] Zinke said. “But it’s impossible to deport 11 million people. Trump realizes the contributions the Hispanic community has made to our military. He understands Hispanic values and the contributions of our community,” she added.
“Trump is aware that he cannot deport 11 million people,” says Lola Zinke… Zinke, the daughter of a Peruvian, is a San Diego lawyer familiar with illegal immigration issues, who says she believes deportation is not the solution. “It doesn’t make sense to force undocumented [immigrants] to go back to their countries to regularize their situation. Trump himself mentioned a possible solution: let them do it at the embassies or consulates of their countries,” she said.
2 – That same day, the Trump campaign, dubbing her “Lolita Zinke,” featured Lola Zinke in a press release titled “Trump Meets with National Hispanic Advisory Council for Trump” (a.k.a. Trump meets with a handful of people his own campaign recruited to support him in front of the press) Source: Rhode Island Latino.
3 – Then the very next day, the RNC puts out a statement saying of Lola Zinke’s Univision event, “Trump did not say or suggest that he was open to granting any legal status-amnesty-to any illegal aliens in the United States at his campaign’s National Hispanic Adviso ry Council meeting as reported in BuzzFeed and Univision.”
Here’s what Buzzfeed wrote:
4 – Then in October, on the very same day the nation heard Trump on a bus boasting about grabbing women “by the pussy.” The campaign held a “Women for Trump” bus tour featuring Lola Zinke in North Carolina. No joke.
“Eleven women — all married to current or former members of Congress from across the country” were bussed in to Gastonia N.C. “in an effort to encourage women to support the Republican presidential nominee who was caught on tape making remarks in 2005 about how his celebrity status allowed him to grab female genitals.”
5 – Finally, we come to the pro-Trump piece she has signed for the Daily Interlake today. Here, the spokeswoman for the candidate so many have called a racist that it is impossible to decide where to link (how about The Atlantic this time) bemoans “the intolerance of the Modern Democratic Party.” In the op-ed piece she mentions a law degree but stops short of claiming to be an attorney. The tagline this time calls her “as small business woman.” Perhaps this is not an intentional distinction, but it strikes an odd note after everything else. The very same day her op-ed was published, Trump’s campaign manager declared on national television:
“that multiple prominent Republicans––some who oppose Trump, and others, apparently, who support him––perpetrated sexual assaults, and she knows their names.
That is without precedent.”
And so is its awkwardness. Ugh.