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Entertainers, beauty queens, and the wives and daughters of the famous being included in a group of women who support the president and will work for his re-election?

That’s not good, according to a piece Tuesday on Slate.

A “closer look” at the members of the board of the Women for Trump Coalition “reveals a more eclectic membership than the fundraisers and advocates who typically make up such groups,” Ruth Graham wrote for Slate in a piece headlined, “Who Exactly Is on the Board of the ‘Women for Trump Coalition?’ – subhead: “The dethroned beauty queen who signed onto Trump’s reelection campaign joins an odd group of daughters, TV stars, and ex-politicians.”

“Women for Trump is a motley crew including fringe entertainers, Trumpworld mini-celebrities and, notably, a number of relatives of famous men.”

According to Slate, those famous wives and daughters included Danielle D’Souza Gill, daughter of Dinesh, Cissie Graham Lynch, daughter of Franklin Graham and granddaughter of Billy; Merlynn Carson, daughter-in-law of Ben Carson, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and Debbie Meadows, wife of Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a staunch Trump supporter, were part of the group, which is led by Lara Trump, wife of Eric Trump, the president’s son.

Slate also criticized the group for including “a heavy proportion of entertainers,” apparently forgetting that entertainers were a near-constant part of the Obama White House. The entertainers, Slate reported, included “two former Apprentice contestants, actress and former Fox commentator Stacey Dash, radio host Rose Tennent (“an edgy and politically INCORRECT Ellen”), popular ‘clean’ comedian Chonda Pierce, and former Pussycat Dolls performer Kaya Jones.”

It goes on to note that Jones also is listed on Trump’s National Diversity Council site as Native American Ambassador, “although she has not substantiated her claim to tribal identity.”

It also notes that “Diamond and Silk – Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson – appear on the list of board members as a single unit, as if they are not two distinct women but a permanently fused brand entity.”

Beyond the wives, daughters and wanna-be stars, the board “does include some women with policy backgrounds,” Slate wrote. But they’re all either crooks or flakes.

There is former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, “whose reelection PAC accepted a $25,000 donation from Trump shortly before she opted not to pursue a case against Trump University.” There is Jan Brewer, the former governor of Arizona, who is “best known for signing a draconian immigration bill into law in 2010; Lynne Blankenbeker, a former New Hampshire state legislator who “made national news when she joked in an email about using military weapons against ‘the unions;’ and Carolyn ‘Bunny’ Welsh, “a longtime sheriff in Pennsylvania, who has presided over multiple controversies” including auctioning off an AR-15 as a fundraiser.

And then there are the members “known primarily for their near-random proximity to Trump,” such as Mary Ann Mendoza, “whose son was killed in a car accident cause by an undocumented immigrant” and has since become “best known for tweeting so virulently about immigration that Twitter and Facebook both suspended her.” And there is Gina Loudon – aka Dr. Gina, “who told Sean Hannity last year that she had scientific evidence that Trump may be ‘the most sound-minded person ever to occupy the White House.’”

And there was Zhu, the former beauty queen, who has “shown an unusual knack for spinning national news coverage out of minor culture-war skirmishes” and “was the subject of flattering coverage in anti-abortion news outlets last fall when she announced publicly that seeing the anti-abortion move “Gosnell” had converted her from being pro-choice.”

Losing her beauty title over political beliefs should not bother her, Slate wrote, because it led to better professional opportunities.

“The Trump campaign clearly sees something promising in her, describing her last week as ‘a patriot who has continued to stand for American values despite being stripped of her crown.’”

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