This is a “WTF moment” for me and Donald Trump. Abortion, for our house, is a “line in the sand” issue. Donald tripped on that line and got a mouth full of sand.
Trump was being questioned by a Democratic operative with a by-line on the subject, and the problem I have with his answer, aside from his answer, is that it appears he wasn’t prepared for the question.
The media, the people who moderate debates, preside over television commentary, and write editorials in major newspapers, are far left Democrats. Abortion is an article of faith to them. If there is one subject any Republican presidential candidate should be prepared to answer it’s about abortion. Not only will they be asked but their answers will be immediately painted in the ugliest possible terms.
“If you say abortion is a crime or abortion is murder, you have to deal with it under the law,” Matthews rightly said. “Should abortion be punished?”
“Well, people in certain parts of the Republican Party and conservative Republicans would say ‘yes, they should be punished’,” Trump responded, not actually answering the question presented to him. So Matthews asked again, “How about you?”
“I would say that it’s a very serious problem and it’s a problem we have to decide on,” Trump said, again not answering the question.
Matthews went on to press Trump on whether women should be charged with a crime and Trump finally agreed that a woman having an abortion should be charged with “something.”
One of the real problems on the pro-life side of this issue is people who refuse to discuss any incremental way to stop abortion that fall short of a complete ban on abortion with criminal charges for everyone involved.
The two most difficult issues are “rape and incest,” and charging women with a crime.
“Rape and incest” account for maybe 2% of abortions. I would be willing to allow for abortion in the case of rape or incest as long as the crime was reported and criminal charges were pursued. As far as charging women, I’m willing to find a middle ground where a woman is not charged with felony murder for her first abortion.
On the other hand abortionists should be charged with premeditated murder and the people who facilitate abortions – Planned Parenthood – should be charged with felony murder under RICO statutes. If you make the act of performing an abortion subject to extraordinary penalties then you’re dealing with all other questions at the margin.
Again, my issue with Donald Trump is not his answer – which was attacked not only by all of the media but by other Republican candidates as well – it is the fact that Trump wasn’t prepared to answer the question.
Just listen to this “defense” of Trump by his new best friend Ben Carson.
“Well bear in mind, I don’t believe that he was warned that that question was coming, and I don’t think he really had a chance to really think about it,” Carson said in an interview with CNN.
“That happens very frequently, and you know, what you develop with experience is how to answer that in a way that is not definitive,” the former GOP candidate added. “You know how politicians are. He hasn’t really learned that because he’s not a politician.”
Excuse me Ben? Donald Trump is running for President. He’s a politician. He’s also a pretty savvy guy. If he hasn’t thought through THIS issue what else hasn’t he thought through?