Twenty-eight years ago, then-Texas Gov. Ann Richards charmed the Democratic Party from the 1988 convention podium as she taunted the new Republican nominee.
“Poor George, he can’t help it,” she drawled about George H.W. Bush, “he was born with a silver foot in his mouth.”
On Tuesday night, Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Ann’s daughter, chided another Republican nominee for what she called his “deeply disturbing worldview.”
“Donald Trump has called women ‘fat pigs’ and ‘dogs,’” she said. “He wants to punish women for having abortions. And he says pregnancy is ‘an inconvenience’ for a woman’s employer. Well, Mr. Trump, come this November, women are going to be a lot more than an inconvenience. Women are going to be the reason you’re not elected to be president.”
She spoke of Trump’s opposition to services that Planned Parenthood provides directly, citing his pledge “to appoint justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade” and to cut funding that provides cancer screening and birth control. And Richards took aim at Trump’s silence or criticism on women’s issues in general: equal pay, affordable child care, paid family leave.
And she also remembered her mother. “Tonight, we are closer than ever to putting a woman in the White House,” she said. “And I can almost hear Mom saying, ‘Well, it sure took y’all long enough.’”