The president of the Iowa Federation of Republican Women, Melissa Gesing, resigned this week after the group reaffirmed its support of Donald Trump at the national level.
In response to a leaked Access Hollywood video which showed Trump bragging about groping women, the National Federation of Republican Women released a statement backing the GOP nominee.
“As the elected spokesperson of the most influential group of Republican women in the United States, I reaffirm the National Federation of Republican Women’s unified support of Republican Presidential Nominee Donald J. Trump and Vice Presidential Nominee Mike Pence,” NFRW President Carrie Almond said in the statement. “Our organization of thousands of women from all 50 states, from every walk of life, are steadfast in our very clear understanding that Hillary Clinton does not represent us; not as women, not as Americans.”
That statement appeared to be the last straw for Gesing, who shared her resignation letter on Twitter.
“Since I cannot support Donald J. Trump for President, nor can I advocate for his election, I feel that I cannot adequately fulfill my duties of my position,” she explained. “I cannot support the National Federation of Republican Women President Carrie Almond’s statement that was released yesterday on behalf of Republican women nationally, as I do not support Donald J. Trump.”
Gesing noted that she was still a Republican and would “work hard for our down ballot GOP candidates.”
“I cannot in good conscience lead this organization or look at myself in the mirror each morning if I do not take a stand against the racism, sexism, and hate that Donald J. Trump continues to promote,” the letter concluded.
By Wednesday, Gesing’s Twitter bio message read: “It’s never too late to do the right thing.”
Read her resignation letter below.
— Melissa Gesing (@melissagesing) October 12, 2016