Andrea Peyser endorsed Donald Trump less than a week into his candidacy and told "haters" to "man up and deal" when he attacked Megyn Kelly, but the irreverent New York Post columnist wrote Monday that "I can no longer justify calling myself a Trumpkin. I'm done with The Donald."

"Here is a guy with the common touch but the attention span of a flea," Peyser wrote. "He's someone voters would enjoy having a beer with, even though he doesn't drink alcohol. Can you imagine the torture of sharing a Bud Light with Democrat Hillary Clinton? But some of us smitten with his shoot-from-the-lip style have reached our limits."

The effects of endorsements (or unendorsements) are always hard to gauge — if they exist at all. How many people will or will not vote for Trump based solely on what Peyser thinks? Probably not a ton.


But Peyser's reversal is notable in this regard: She previously offered a forceful counter to criticism of Trump's attitude toward women. Any voter — especially any male voter — who wanted to dismiss outrage over his alleged sexism as overzealous political correctness needed only to look to Peyser to find a woman who agreed with their way of thinking. How comforting. But Peyser's stance has shifted.

Here's what she wrote about the Republican presidential nominee's memorable "blood coming out of her wherever" shot at Kelly last summer:

Are women so in need of male protection that we can’t take a remark that may (or may not) rip into our delicate sensibilities?
When judging Trump, I would suggest we all man up. Look at his record of hiring, and firing, females. I’ve not heard of him called out for underpaying, overworking, failing to promote or laying hands on women in his employ. ...
Don’t worry about women. We can take anything Trump dishes out.

This was the sticks-and-stones argument we've heard from many a Trump backer. Quit worrying about the mean things he says and focus on the potential benefits of electing a candidate who, as Peyser put it, "is shaking up the political landscape with his brand of straight talk, unfiltered by political correctness or a politician’s need to take an opinion poll before taking a position."


But in renouncing her support for Trump, Peyser suggested words actually do matter:

When I visited about two months after his lovely wife, Melania, now 46, gave birth to the couple’s son, Barron, now 10, the infamous germophobe boasted that after fathering five children, he’d never changed a diaper.
I enthused that Melania, who stood quietly nearby aboard 5-inch stilettos, had lost all her baby weight. Trump corrected me: “She’s almost lost all the baby weight.’’
I was embarrassed for the mother of his youngest kid, who ignored the dig.

What's interesting is that this episode is a decade old. Peyser did not credit some recent incident with altering her opinion of Trump. She has known the real estate mogul acts like this for a long time and was willing to look past it. Not anymore.

Why the change? It might be more appropriate to ask whether Peyser really did change.

"Embracing the presidential aspirations of Donald Trump was, from the start, an exercise in magical thinking," she wrote Monday. "In my heart, I wanted the smack-talking, hair-challenged, self-absorbed New York City billionaire Republican to nail down this baby. But in my head? Not so much."


That sure sounds like someone who saw Trump as a protest candidate and cheered his campaign while taking solace in the back-of-mind belief that he wouldn't actually win. But now Trump is one of two people with a real chance to occupy the White House in January, and Peyser is admitting that his victory — something she said she wanted when it seemed impossible — actually alarms her.

Her column could prompt some readers to consider whether they feel the same way.