100 Days of Trump: How do Republican women feel about the presidency so far?

Newstalk's Richard Chambers spoke to members of the Hill County Republican Women group in Texas....

100 Days of Trump: How do Republican women feel about the presidency so far?

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Throughout his public life, Donald Trump has courted controversy with his comments about women.

Over the years he has publicly described various women as ‘pigs’, ‘dogs’ and ‘bimbos’.

He called author & businesswoman Arianna Huffington "unattractive both inside and out", and has been involved in public feuds with the likes of comedian Rosie O'Donnell and news anchor Megyn Kelly.

His presidential campaign suffered a significant blow only weeks before the election when a tape emerged in which he bragged to broadcaster Billy Bush about grabbing women 'by the p***y'. 

Only today, Ivanka Trump elicited groans from audience members at the G20 women's summit in Germany as she sought to defend her father's attitude towards women.

Despite all this, exit polls suggested that a majority of white American women - an estimated 53% - voted for the now US president 

As President Trump approaches his symbolic 100th day in office, Newstalk reporter Richard Chambers spent time with the ladies of Hill County Republican Women in Texas.

How do they feel Trump connects with women’s issues, and what are their feelings on the liberal perspective of women’s rights?

Alongside the Pledge of Allegiance, the meeting opened with a prayer: the women were adamant in their collective belief that public representatives are firm believers in the Christian higher power.

Carol, who led the prayer, explained: "If Christians don't run for office or campaign for those who do run for office, then we're bound to suffer the consequences of those who don't believe in God. We will be doomed to have non-believers as our leader."

Speaking about Trump's faith, she observed: "I think as he progresses in his walk with this presidency, I think his faith is getting stronger.

"We're seeing him morph into the leader that we all thought he may be - I think he's growing as a human being and as a leader. I think God has given us a reprieve... he's given us a break [...] We have nothing to work for if we don't have Jesus Christ as our saviour."

"We are much more tolerant of difference of opinions"

On the subject of conservative values, one woman told Richard: "I think that the other side has real enjoyment in promoting that they like diversity - as long as it's diversity of ethnicity, skin colour, sexuality - but they have no tolerance for diversity of thought.

"Whereas Republicans... we have so many different opinions even within the Republican party, that we are much more tolerant of difference of opinions.

"We enjoy coming to an evening like this where we're with other folks who think like we think [...] But I personally find myself self-censoring a lot when I'm in the general population - you don't want to provoke."

Another said: "A friend of mine, her minister told her 'I cannot minister to you because you're a Trump voter'. Where would that come from? [...] That's the kind of extremism... my way or the highway".

The big question: how do they feel President Trump is performing so far?

One suggested: "The less he talks, and lets the policies speaks... I think the better off we'll all be."

Another said: "I was not a Trump supporter, originally I preferred a different candidate. But I have been pleased with what he has done so far - particularly in that he has actually stayed with what he said he would do.

"He really did appoint a really well-respected Supreme Court justice, and got us back in with the Mexico City policy. I have been favourably impressed, which was a bit of a surprise to me."

Another said Trump has exceeded her expectations.

"For me, I think he's doing a great thing - he's standing up on the world stage, he's taking very decisive action, and I'm very proud of him".