Today Trump invalidated his own candidacy. To me that sounds like a good thing. But he has just lost the election for the Republican party. The damage he wrought has probably destroyed any possibility that any Republican could win the Presidential election.
That’s a problem because we might be stuck with him. Isn’t it too late to reverse his delegate numbers? So we are stuck with a candidate who cannot win.
How did he burn that bridge? He said that if abortion is banned, women who have abortions should be punished.
I know he issued statements later that backpedalled on this position. I know that people who live in Politisphere Wonderland think this is just one more blahblahblah that fell out of Trump’s unhinged face and it can be amended. They are absolutely wrong.
Every woman and every teenage girl who is even slightly left-of-center on abortion now believes that Republicans want to send you to jail if you try to get an abortion. There is no amending that thought. Never. Republicans will make you a criminal if you have an unplanned pregnancy. Republicans really, really want to legislate oppression for women.
There is no going back. Those thoughts are not going away.
On cue, here is Cecile Richards’ tweet:
.@realDonaldTrump is vocalizing the motivations of every politician who votes to restrict access to abortion. It’s about controlling women.
Trump has invalidated himself as a candidate for President.
He cannot possibly be elected now. And it’s quite possible that no one running for the Republican nomination can win the general election, no matter how impaired the Democrat is. He has become the loudest spokesman for the R party.
Here is a man who is so narcissistic that he thinks everything that comes out of his mouth is gold; so arrogant and delusional that he thinks you can run for President by saying whatever comes into your head. No need for strategy or prep meant to avoid disasters like this. Certainly there is no reason to actually meditate on the real meaning of issues and how policy impacts real people. Here is a man who clearly hasn’t thought about these issues prior to walking into interviews. As a candidate for the Presidency of The United States.
He is so loose-cannon that he isn’t even aware of or concerned about the damage his words will do.
Now to the issue itself. Trump burned the bridge from both ends because pro-life advocates are not at all in agreement. True pro-life people are concerned for the woman and the child. True pro-life people do not pit the two members of that relationship against one another. True pro-life people seek a culture which sees all members of the family as intrinsically valuable and which seeks solutions which work for everybody.
And a culture which tells women that terminating their children is the only solution to their problems; that an abortion is a panacea which will bring them right back to default; that there is no downside to an abortion; that they should be proud of their abortions…is a culture which is exploitative towards women.
Of men who advocate for abortion, I have written:
You promote abortion because you imagine it’s a panacea which allows a woman to get back to her life just the way it was before the inconvenient hiccup. That works great for you. But recovery from an abortion can be long, protracted, or never. And when the pregnancy is removed, you don’t have to carry the burden or struggle to recover, but she does.
I’ve said this too:
I do realize that all abortions are not chosen in as careless a manner as PP advocates that they should be. It may be, for many women, that all available medical advice was to terminate and try again. They may have grieved terribly over having to lose a child they wanted…Or they may have aborted for more elective reasons but felt unaccountably uncomfortable about it after. I realize that there are many women who were urged to abort for what seemed like unarguable reasons.
That’s the problem. If the default of our society is to err on the side of death in order to solve our problems, and women are confronted with life-and-death decisions when they are at their most vulnerable…death becomes the predetermined result.
Then all those women, as well as their children, become victims of opportunistic corporate interests, and the aggrandizement of relentless political interests. The best and most well-meaning solution that such a society can offer is death as panacea.
Such a value system is inadequate to meet the needs of real life. In real life, unexpected stuff happens, lives are in danger, less than perfect decisions have to be made. If the overarching goal in the face of the unexpected is to get back to our comfort and our plans, no matter what the damage, those decisions will be brutal.
No one wants to prosecute women who have abortions. Trump has stated what nobody believes as policy. And we will be explaining that one away forever.