By J. D. Heyes
Lots of political â€œexpertsâ€ were yucking it up for months after Donald Trump announced his bid for the GOP presidential nomination in the summer of 2015.
But after he won the GOP nomination, the yucking stopped and the predictions began: There wasÂ no wayÂ he would win the presidency.Â No wayÂ he would beat the anointed one, the first â€œMadam President,â€ Hillary Clinton.
It was his style, most said. His gruff demeanor. His plain-spoken nature. His â€œAmerica firstâ€ nativism. Oh, and of course, his â€˜crazyâ€™ talk.
Like this one.
During one of his debates with Clinton, the subject turnedÂ to abortionÂ and, specifically,Â late-term abortions. Very late.
â€œIf you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of that baby,â€ the GOP nominee toldÂ NBC NewsÂ moderator Lester Holt Sept. 26, 2016. â€œYou can say thatâ€™s okay, and Hillary can say thatâ€™s okay, but itâ€™s not okay with me.
â€œBecause based on what sheâ€™s saying, and based on where sheâ€™s going and where sheâ€™s been, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month â€“ on the final day, and thatâ€™s not acceptable,â€ he added.
â€œThat is not what happens in these cases,â€ Clinton replied. â€œAnd using that kind of scare rhetoric is just terribly unfortunate.â€
Enter the pious mainstream media ‘fact-checkers.’
The Washington Post: “â€˜Rip the baby out of the wombâ€™: What Donald Trump got wrong about abortion in America”:
Political rhetoric aside, Trump displayed a misunderstanding of how abortion works in the United States.
Doctors wonâ€™t perform the procedure at nine months.Â If a womanâ€™s or fetusâ€™s life is at risk, physicians can induce labor or authorize an emergency C-section. Intentionally killing the baby in the process would be illegal.
The New York Times: “On Abortion, Clinton Takes Ownership ofÂ Her Feminism”:Â
In past elections, presidential candidates have soft-pedaled their views on the subject. This time, Mrs. Clinton sounded resolute and even righteous about defending a womanâ€™s right to control one of the most â€œintimate and difficultâ€ decisions about her health care.
Mr. Trump used strong language, too, describing how he wants to prevent the ripping of â€œthe baby out of the wombâ€ on the last day of pregnancy. This is what his base wants to hear: Many Republicans, especially religious ones, cite the prospect of future nominations to the court as their reason for supporting Mr. Trump, despite their distaste for, oh, just about everything else about him. So he checked that box.
UK Independent: “Donald Trump accused of telling mistruths about late-term abortion”:
Donald TrumpÂ has been criticised for grossly misrepresenting abortions after he described a late term termination on the “final day” of a pregnancy in graphic terms.
Many on Twitter have pointed out that if this were to happen, in most cases this would simply be aÂ caesareanÂ section. If someone then killed the child, it would be infanticide.
Cosmopolitan: “John Oliver Mocks Donald Trump for Having No Idea How Late-Term Abortions Work”:
Oliver then mocked Trumpâ€™s description of a late-term abortion during the third presidential debate, in which Trump said, “In the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby.”
Trump “showed no real understanding of how abortions work, no clear understanding of the basic biology of womenâ€™s bodies, and a very poor sense of grammar, as well,” the comedian observed.
Mind you, Trump didn’t say the procedure was legal at the time. What heÂ said was, “If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of that baby.”
In other words, he was making a predictive statement based on the abortion extremist trend the Democrat Left was already on two years ago.
After being mocked for his statement, guess what happened in Clintonâ€™s adopted home state of New York last week? Thatâ€™s right:Â Legislation was passedÂ and signed into law allowing physicians (and even non-physicians) to â€˜rip babies from the motherâ€™s womb just prior to birthâ€™ and kill them, using an overly broad â€œhealthâ€ exception for third-term abortions.
And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, a lawmaker in Virginia has now introduced similar legislation, andÂ with Democratic Gov. Ralph Northamâ€™s blessing. But the Left is decrying Northam’s racism today, not his support for infanticide — or the closest thing to it.
Once again, our president was out in front of a controversial issue. He gets it that the party of the donkey has gone rogue. They abhor guns because they kill but then empower doctors to murder babies.Â
Priorities, you understand.
A version of this story first appeared in NewsTarget.
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