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In a recent interview with Politico’s Women Rule podcast, Lea Márquez-Peterson, a Republican primary candidate for Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, said that when it comes to Donald Trump, “I kind of separate the man from the policy.”

To which I say....huh?

“I mean, there are certainly things he has said that I’ve not agreed with related to women and so on,” she said. “But if I focus on the policy and things that I can actually impact, that’s where I take my stand.”

That makes a lot of sense. You have to be able to separate the man from the policy!

The man:

“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”

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The policy:

Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States

The man:

“When you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally, which should happen, you have to take the children away. Now, we don’t have to prosecute them, but then we’re not prosecuting them for coming in illegally. That’s not good.”

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The policy:

Attorney General Announces Zero-Tolerance Policy for Criminal Illegal Entry

The man:

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow......

....Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming.....

....victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you”

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The policy:

Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security Regarding Military Service by Transgender Individuals

The man:

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Do you believe in punishment for abortion, yes or no as a principle?

DONALD TRUMP: The answer is that there has to be some form of punishment.

The policy:

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA), in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, proposes to revise its Title X regulations (Title X of the Public Health Service Act) to ensure compliance with, and enhance implementation of, the statutory requirement that none of the funds appropriated for Title X may be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning and related statutory requirements.

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Márquez Peterson doesn’t like the man, who is a racist misogynist, but she does like the policies, which are racist and misogynist. Got it.