Three Weeks Before Election, GOP State Rep. Holly Hughes Throws Full Weight Behind Donald Trump

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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Three Weeks Before Election, GOP State Rep. Holly Hughes Throws Full Weight Behind Donald Trump

The endorsement, made after months of hesitation, comes at a particularly fraught moment as the Republican presidential candidate faces multiple accusations of sexual assault

LANSING — Republican state Rep. Holly Hughes has officially announced her support for controversial GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, stating in an interview with WZZM late last week, “I’ll be supporting the nominee.”

Hughes’s endorsement of Trump comes after months of wavering. In May, for example, when asked how Trump became the candidate, she expressed confusion about his rise to prominence, distancing herself from the candidate by saying, “Oh god, you guys put him in there… I don’t know who those people are!” In the same coffee hour interview, she added, “I voted for Kasich…I think America’s lost their collective mind and they’re stuck with it.”

The endorsement of the GOP candidate comes at a peculiar time, as Trump is now engulfed in a steady stream of sexual assault accusations, following the posting of a 2005 Access Hollywood pre-interview, where a “hot mic” caught him bragging about using his fame to sexually assault women.

“After everything that’s come to light about Trump and his disgusting comments and reprehensible treatment of countless women, now Holly Hughes is throwing her weight behind him?” asked Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. “Now is the time for Hughes to stand up for Michigan women, not turn her back on them. Donald Trump has no business being anywhere near the Oval Office, and Holly Hughes should be ashamed that she is working to put him there.”

Click here to listen to the audio from Holly Hughes’s constituent coffee hour on May 27th, 2016. To hear Hughes endorsing Donald Trump this past Thursday on WZZM, click here.

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