Thursday, March 31, 2016

Donald Trump does backflips on abortion


     So Donald Trump, the, ah, front-running Republican presidential candidate, er, now, in the year 2016, said Wednesday ... that would be March 30, again of 2016, that ... ah ... women, who have abortions, after he is elected president of course, illegal abortions, since he, Donald Trump, once elected president, will make abortions illegal through some alchemy that somehow eluded the lesser talents of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford,  Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. 
     That those women, who still have an abortion, despite their no longer being legal, under the presidency of Donald Trump, will certainly be punished, in some way, for having that illegal procedure, though whether that punishment is through a fine, or prison or, heck, this is Donald Trump we're talking about here, whether by stripping the woman naked and drawing and quartering her in DuPont Circle, well, he didn't quite say. 
     "There has to be some form of punishment," Trump told Chris Matthews on MSNBC. 
     Moot now anyway. It took him only hours to backpedal away from his call for punishment — being Donald Trump means that nothing that comes out of your mouth carries such weight that it can't be retracted, contradicted or amended as need be. No, it is the doctors who should be punished. The women, being women, are not responsible for their actions, are the victims of abortion, along with their murdered babies....
    Don't trust me on this. His campaign statement said:
     "The doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman. The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb."
     A reminder of two key points. First, that pro-lifers, or anti-abortionists, or whatever they call themselves, are really about controlling women. They say abortion is "murder"—that's the the word they use over and over and over—but hesitate at the well-then-put-the-murderer-in-jail-then part of their argument, because they really don't mean it. It's just words they say trying to get you to bend to their religion.
     And two, Donald Trump is so never going to be president. Not in a world where people are paying attention. At least I hope not. You do have to wonder, with states from Indiana to Texas hacking away big chunks of reproductive rights, whether women actually are paying attention. They should be, because they sure as hell have been warned. We all have been.

15 comments:

  1. This is why he tweets and phones it in so much...dozens of so-called backflips. He sure misses hearing yes Mr. Trump in his board (bored) rooms.

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  2. Well, he got the part of "women are the victims" right. We are victims of Republican abuses and restrictions of our reproductive rights, including all forms of birth control.

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  3. Maybe this will finally be the straw that breaks his back.

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  4. Is that Sheffield? Either photo.

    john

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    2. My guess is the Ravenswood L near Lincoln or Western along the alley that runs parallel to Leland Ave.

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    3. Good place for a car chase anyway.

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    4. I shot that last Thursday, in the alley by Dove's, on Damen Avenue in Wicker Park.

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    5. Very evocative shot. I can hear the water, dripping from the EL, and overflowing the buildings downspout.
      Trump, by the way, is working for three genius Democratic strategists who will remain in the dark until after the November election and the demise of the Republican Party, in all but name.

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  5. Maybe Trump will punish such women by having them wear scarlet letters.

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  6. They don't want to jail women because they know if they did, their support among women would plunge.

    Most "pro-life" women have three exceptions: Rape, incest and me.

    Bitter Scribe

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  7. The worst thing a woman can do is have an abortion and not feel bad about it.

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    1. I'm curious about why you say that. If you don't feel that abortion kills a human life, then why is the "worst" thing you can do not to feel bad about it? Shouldn't you only feel bad about it if you do it despite feeling it is wrong?

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    2. If it makes a difference, I have never had an abortion, even when faced with an unplanned pregnancy.

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  8. "The worst thing a woman can do is have an abortion and not feel bad about it."

    This feeling concerning the abortion has nothing to do with her action. Rather, you impose your feelings upon her instead. I respect the privacy of the action along with the right to act without judgement by others.

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