OMAHA, NE – Yesterday the political shockwaves were still being felt with Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert’s public endorsement of Donald Trump for President.
With Jean Stothert’s endorsement of a candidate who calls women “dogs” and “fat pigs” and Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “drug dealers”, the question Omahans are still asking her is: why?
On Wednesday, former Douglas County Republican Party Chairman Bryan Baumgart announced he is leaving the Republican Party because Donald Trump is the GOP nominee.
“The party is not unified behind Donald Trump,” Baumgart said. “We want to separate ourselves from the Donald Trump supporters. We don’t condone the disparaging remarks he makes against women or veterans or minorities or handicapped.”
However, it only appears to get worse for Jean Stothert in her decision to endorse Donald Trump. Just yesterday, Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush announced they would not be endorsing Donald Trump for President. The former Presidents were joined by past GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner in not only not endorsing Donald Trump but also not attending the Republican National Convention this summer.
“It’s a very simple question that Jean Stothert for some reason cannot or will not answer,” said Hadley Richters, Nebraska Democratic Party Executive Director. “Why is she supporting Donald Trump after he has made so many offensive remarks about women, veterans, and minorities when former Republican Presidents and leaders have not?”
Notably absent from her endorsement on Wednesday, Jean Stothert did not announce whether she would be attending Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Omaha this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. and whether she will be attending the Republican National Convention this summer in Cleveland, Ohio to support Trump.
“Jean Stothert will at some point have to explain why she endorsed someone who not only offends women, minorities, and veterans, but also distinguished leaders and members of her own political party,” Richters said.