Friday, January 29, 2016

Dancing With Mr. D: Mr. T and the Murder of Children

Donald Trump has stated that  he could "shoot somebody and I  wouldn't lose voters." Speaking of killing, in 1999 the late Tim Russert asked Donald Trump if he would support a ban on "abortion in the third-trimester" or "partial-birth abortion." "No," Trump replied. "I am pro-choice in every respect." He said that his views may be the result of his "New York background." 

During the first Republican presidential debate, Trump explained that he "evolved" on the issue at some unknown point in the last 16 years. "Friends of mine years ago were going to have a child, and it was going to be aborted. And it wasn't aborted. And that child today is a total superstar, a great, great child. And I saw that. And I saw other instances," Trump said. "I am very, very proud to say that I am pro-life."

The Daily Caller's Jamie Weinstein asked Trump if he would have become pro-life if that child had been a loser instead of a "total superstar," Trump retorted: "Probably not, but I've never thought of it. I would say no, but in this case it was an easy one because he's such an outstanding person."

That Trump could go from supporting third-trimester abortion-something indistinguishable from infanticide, something that only 14 percent of Americans think should be legal--to becoming pro-life because of that one experience is a bit hard to believe. At the very least one might think that Trump is not capable of serious moral reasoning.

The more important question is not what Trump said in the past but what he would do in the future. Trump says he's pro-life except in the cases when a pregnancy endangers the life of the mother or is the result of rape or incest, although it remains unclear if he thinks abortion should be generally legal in the first three months of pregnancy (a position that is more accurately described as "pro-choice").

Trump has said he'd sign a ban on abortion during the last four months of pregnancy, when infants can feel pain and are capable of surviving long-term outside the womb. But after undercover videos were released showing Planned Parenthood involved in the trafficking of aborted baby body parts, "The Donald" said he wasn't sure if the Planned Parenthood should lose all of its federal funding. He later flipped, saying: "I wouldn't do any funding as long as they are performing abortions."

Even if Trump followed through on his promises to sign pro-life legislation, what if he appointed liberal justices to the Supreme Court? The Court is just one appointment away from a solid liberal majority that would likely find a right to taxpayer-funded and late-term abortion. Hmmmm.......