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'Women for Trump' roundtable held in St. Paul

Updated: October 09, 2019 10:09 PM

The second lady and the president's daughter in-law were in Minnesota just one day before President Donald Trump is set to hold a rally in St. Paul. 

Several hundred women and some men packed into a room at Union Depot in St. Paul Wednesday night for a "Women for Trump" roundtable.

The program was for only registered guests, but many were thrilled to have this event to kick off a busy couple of days in the Twin Cities.

The two women spoke on a message of turning Minnesota red.

"We're going to do it here in Minnesota by the way in 2020," said Lara Trump, President Trump's daughter-in-law.

The roundtable was designed to show how committed the administration is to women and families.

"All these young women here today, that is the future of our country and this president cares," said Karen Pence, the second lady of the U.S.

Karen Pence said it was also to highlight all of their administration's accomplishments, including creating jobs for women.

"Just look at job rates, the unemployment for women is the lowest that it has been in 55 years," Pence said.

"It gives us a lot of hope and energy," said Merrilyn Downs, from Minneapolis, who attended the roundtable.

But according to a September ABC News-Washington Post poll, Trump has a 30% approval rating among women. Bonnie Elsey stressed there are many women supportive of this president.

"I'm really tired of hearing that women don't vote for Trump and educated women don't vote for Trump, I have a master's degree and I'm voting for Trump," said Bonnie Elsey, of New Hope, who attended the roundtable.

"I know that we will have protestors against him, but I do believe that he is caring about females," Downs said.

President Trump would be the first Republican candidate to win the state since 1972.

"I hope that people can understand it's the issues, not the person we're voting for, it's the issues," Elsey said.

Voters at the roundtable said they believe events like the rally can help make that happen.

"You stand up for what you believe in, thank you for standing up for this president," Lara Trump said.


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