Abortion rights group protests Donald Trump fundraiser

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NORWOOD, Mass. (AP) — Abortion-rights activists protested outside a private fundraiser for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday night.

NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts says over 70 protesters were outside the event at the estate of car dealership owner Ernie Boch Jr.

Christian Miron, the group’s political director, says Trumps “outrageous anti-woman views” are “far out of step” with Massachusetts values.

Trump, who has topped polls on the GOP candidates for most of the summer, opposes abortion. The real estate developer and television personality has also publicly called women he dislikes “fat pigs,” ”slobs” and “disgusting animals.”

And following a recent television debate, he criticized Fox News’ Megyn Kelly for treating him too harshly saying, “There was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”

Boch has said he expects over 1,000 people to attend the $100 per person fundraiser, which begins at about 6 p.m. and features a New England-inspired menu of Cape Cod striped bass and Maine lobster. CNN and other media outlets are also broadcasting from the event, he has said.

Trump’s comments on other issues have sparked reactions in other corners of the Boston area in recent weeks.

Immigration activists demonstrated in front of the State House Wednesday in opposition to Trump’s disparaging comments about Mexicans and illegal immigrants, which Boston police say inspired the beating of a homeless Mexican man by two South Boston brothers earlier this month.

Trump condemned the attack but also defended his past comments on immigration.

He also has engaged in a back-and-forth with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who challenged Trump to take part in the “ice bucket challenge” to support research into the neurodegenerative disease ALS.

In response, Trump called Walsh a “clown,” referenced the city’s failed bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics and said Boston should “get a real mayor.”

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker repeated Friday that he did not intend to pick any favorites in the GOP presidential race, but acknowledged concerns over Trump’s past comments.

“I’ve said before that I have trouble with the tone and a number of the things that Trump has said, and I’ve also said on a number of occasions previously that I don’t support deporting everybody who’s in this country undocumented,” Baker told reporters at the State House.

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