Nobody knows what Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump will say when he comes to town Friday, but protesters are already preparing their message for him.
Fed up with Trump’s stance on abortion and his statements about women, the state chapter of the National Abortion Rights Action League, or NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, is planning a rally outside the event in Norwood where Trump is expected to deliver a speech.
“Donald Trump isn’t just a nuisance, he’s bad for women,” Christian Miron, political director for the group, said in a statement. “Trump claims he ‘understands women,’ but he doesn’t understand that women must make their own reproductive choices. And he doesn’t understand that Massachusetts won’t let him get away with his outrageous antiwoman views.”
The Trump appearance is being hosted by car dealership magnate Ernie Boch Jr. at his mansion. The private fund-raiser for his campaign is expected to draw a crowd of roughly 700.
“I believe that if you are interested in exploring a bit more about who Mr. Trump is, then seeing him up close and personal is the best way to do it,” Boch recently told the Globe.
Spokeswoman Peggy Rose said Boch is aware of the planned protests, but would have no further comment.
It won’t be the first anti-Trump protest in Massachusetts.
On Wednesday night, more than 70 people gathered outside the State House to decry Trump’s recent statements about Mexican immigrants.
Trump’s remarks about women have similarly inspired abortion-rights supporters.
“NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts looks forward to giving him the welcome he deserves,” Miron said.Steve Annear can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.