I got a lot of flack for my column Tuesday. Some people thought it was a “stealth hit-piece” on Donald Trump. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m firmly onboard the Trump-Train now. He’s as steadfast as they come.
How did I go from a hardcore Cruz supporter to a Trump supporter? Take for example the billionaire’s awakening on abortion.
As I wrote Tuesday, in 1999, while he was pondering a run for the presidency, Donald Trump had the following exchange with Tim Russert:
RUSSERT: “Partial-birth abortion. The eliminating of abortion in the third trimester. Big issue in Washington. Would President Trump ban partial-birth abortion?”
TRUMP: “Well look, I’m very pro-choice. I hate the concept of abortion. I hate it. I hate everything it stands for. I cringe when I hear people debating the concept. But I still believe in choice…”
RUSSERT: “But you would not ban it.”
RUSSERT: “Or partial-birth abortion?”
TRUMP: “No. I am pro-choice in every respect.”
Trump later wrote in his book The America We Deserve:
“I support a woman’s right to choose, but I am uncomfortable with the procedures. When Tim Russert asked me on Meet the Press if I would ban partial-birth abortion, my pro-choice instincts led me to say no. After the show, I consulted two doctors I respect and, upon learning more about this procedure, I have concluded that I would support a ban.”
15 years later, Trump declared he was pro-life, except in cases of rape, incest, and the life of the mother.
During the first Republican debate in August, Trump explained why he changed:
“And what happened is friends of mine years ago were going to have a child, and it was going to be aborted. And it wasn’t aborted. And that child today is a total superstar, a great, great child.”
Trump saw his friend’s kid rock at life, and came to the realization that any life has the potential to be great. Trump’s conversion is one many people have. Many people believe that the unborn are disposable because, while they’re still developing inside their mother, it’s impossible to know if they’ll amount to anything.
In this instance, Donald Trump saw his friend’s kid turn out to be tremendous. Had the child been aborted, he wouldn’t have had the opportunity to be, as Trump so eloquently said, a “total superstar.” Every life has the opportunity to be worthwhile. Trump now sees that.
Yes, Trump wants exceptions for rape, and incest–an idea that runs contrary to conservative thought.
Donald Trump clearly understands the nuances of the pro-life position. Abortion is wrong, except in cases of rape and incest, because any child could turn out to be a valuable member of society.
That’s why I support Trump.