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Republican legislators still voting for Trump

Though upset by Donald Trump’s remarks about women, Lincoln County legislators Becky Currie and Sally Doty still plan to vote for the Republican nominee for president.

Trump was captured making controversial remarks on outtakes from an “Access Hollywood” interview leaked last week to The Washington Post. He is heard describing attempts to have sex with a married woman. He also brags about women letting him kiss them and grab their genitals because he is famous.

Sally Doty

Sally Doty

In a video, Trump apologized saying he was wrong and had said foolish things, but words and actions aren’t the same thing. He called the comments a distraction and pointed to the behavior of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton.

“The audio tape that was released of Donald Trump last week was indefensible,” said Currie of Brookhaven, who has represented Lincoln, Copiah and Lawrence counties in the state House of Representatives since 2008. “As a society, we have to do better and it made me sick. It did not, however, make Hillary Clinton a more desirable candidate for president.

“I still want a president who will choose a conservative Supreme Court Justice, defend the Second Amendment, close the borders, repeal Obamacare, fix our economic woes and not give us four more years of the same Obama administration or worse,” said Currie, a registered nurse. “So our choice is Trump or Hillary. I’m still voting Republican.”

Doty, of Brookhaven, who has represented Lincoln, Copiah, Lawrence and Walthall counties in the Mississippi Senate since 2012, was equally appalled at Trump’s comments.

Becky Currie

Becky Currie

“As a Republican elected official, I was extremely disappointed and embarrassed by the vulgar language used by Donald Trump. In fact, I was angry,” the attorney and real estate manager said. “Crude comments about women and unwanted advances toward them cannot be condoned in any circumstance. Perhaps this episode will make that clear.

“At this stage in the presidential election, voters effectively have two choices. My vote will remain with conservative principles of smaller government, fiscal responsibility and increased national security.”

Some Republicans, like U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, plan to write in the name of “a good conservative Republican who is qualified to be president,” rather than cast a ballot for Trump.

Doty said that is akin to handing the election to Hillary Clinton.

“I will vote for Trump,” she said. “A write-in does not allow any path to a win.”

Gov. Phil Bryant said Trump’s remarks about women are unacceptable but stopped short of withdrawing support for the GOP presidential nominee’s White House bid.

In a statement Saturday, Bryant said Trump’s comments “do not square with the man I have gotten to know the past few months. He has done the right thing and apologized.”

Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Saturday on Twitter that Trump’s remarks about women are “reprehensible and outside the bounds of decency.”

Reeves said he hopes Trump’s apology is sincere.

Treasurer Lynn Fitch, who’s also a Republican, chastised both Trump and Clinton.

“Comments made by both candidates this election cycle cheapen this noble republic,” she said in a statement posted to Facebook.

Fitch said women deserve respect. “Those who put themselves in the public eye must demonstrate respect for women in everything they do.”

Despite Trump’s crude comments, Fitch said she plans to support his nomination. “Conservative principles of smaller government, fiscal responsibility, and personal freedom offer the right policy prescriptions for what ails America’s economy and for the threats to our national security from abroad.  I will be voting for those conservative principles in November,” she said.