Tennessee native makes name for self as Trump surrogate

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) –  They are out there– women who support Donald Trump. And the leading voice, as seen frequently on cable news networks, is Scottie Nell Hughes.

Hughes is now an official Donald Trump surrogate and CNN contributor. Her appearances on cable news are so frequent, she was recently spoofed on “Saturday Night Live.”

What you may not know, is that she was born and raised in Brentwood and she got her start on conservative talk radio.

News 2 spoke with Hughes, who says politics is in her blood.

“I eat, breath, and live the business of politics, especially these days and that’s probably a downfall I never get to turn it.”

She and her husband, a Republican party delegate, were even married on Legislative Plaza.

Hughes’ home office is also a studio. She flips on the lights, looks into the camera on her computer, and goes live on TV to talk about Trump.

“I started being a surrogate back in July of 2015 for Mr. Trump because I really believed in his business background,” explained Hughes.

A surrogate is someone who speaks favorably about a particular candidate. It’s a job that, on behalf of Donald Trump, can be tricky.

Hughes is often asked why she as a woman supports Trump, who has a high unfavorable rating with women.

“I don’t think Mr. Trump has a problem with women. I think the Republican party for a long time has problems with women. Mitt Romney lost by 44 percent of women. I mean, losers weepers trappers keepers, he definitely has not let his women out of the binder yet,” said Hughes.

With her recognizable face and voice, Hughes says she loves bringing a little bit of Nashville to the cable networks.

“I joke that just the same things that make Nashville great for the rest of the country is what’s made me as a person. We’re real, we’re funny, we’re people somebody likes to hang out with, we’re intelligent, and we know what we’re talking about.”

In addition to being a Trump surrogate, Hughes is also the editor of RightAlerts.com. She also served as a Kids 2 Kids reporter for WKRN.

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