I know I said I wasn’t going to make this a political blog, but I just can’t resist. I’m sure most people have seen the news, and the story about Trump and his comments regarding abortion. Before we go any further, I am not going to make this a pro-life or pro-choice debate. That is a very sensitive subject for most, and I tend to take a position on this that people like myself aren’t raised to take, but that isn’t what I want to talk about.
Trump was being interviewed MSNBC’s Chris Matthews when the subject of abortion came up. When pressed by Matthews about punishment for women if there were any theoretical ban, Trump said, “the answer is that there has to be some form of punishment, yeah”. Later in the day his campaign backtracked and said, “The woman is the victim in this case as is the life in her womb. My position has not changed – like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions”. Wait, what the fuck did he just say?! Like Ronald Reagan?! Woman is the victim? Obviously the backlash was swift and harsh, otherwise their would have been no retraction. But seriously, who the hell is he kidding? We know Trump and his racist, misogynistic, and vitriolic views – suddenly he had a moment of clarity and decided to change his position on a comment he made only hours before? Or perhaps his people realized that you can not alienate half of the electorate by trying to pander to a small percentage of idiots who would applaud such an outrageous statement, and most likely will not win you the election anyway. I was not a fan of Reagan, the last Republican president that was worth a damn in my book, was shot at the Ford’s Theater by a guy named John Wilkes Booth. But I will be the first to stand up and say, Trump is NOTHING like Reagan. Reagan was a diplomat, he had a way of making people understanding what he was doing and always offered a sense of comfort to the American people, no matter what the situation. Trump is the antithesis of comfort, everything this guy says and does is offensive, and he has surrounded himself by people who are equally offensive. You never know what the hell Trump is blabbering about, so understanding anything he is trying to convey is impossible.
There are some hot button topics that come up during presidential elections. Undoubtedly abortion is at the forefront when it comes to controversial issues, but the Supreme Court ruled a long time ago on the legality of abortion, and Trump or any other candidate or elected official can not reverse the court’s decision. Comments made during election season about these kind of topics are only made to stir up support among a candidate’s base, but a comment like this can only manage to piss off everyone who hears it.