Trump must be stronger on abortion to win in 2020

· January 31, 2019  
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Abortion rally outside the Supreme Court
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The American people were reminded this week that there are depraved politicians in this country who think there should be a legal right to kill children in the late stages of pregnancy and maybe even beyond. As Democratic lawmakers in New York, Virginia, and Rhode Island move to advance late-term abortion bills that would allow babies to be murdered at any point up to delivery, Democrats have nowhere to hide their radical, evil position on killing children.

President Donald Trump should go on offense on the abortion issue this week, today even, next week in the State of the Union address, and every day for the next two years if he wants to win re-election in 2020.

When it became clear in 2016 that Donald Trump was going to be the Republican nominee for president, many conservatives had reservations about voting for him. Though he claimed to be a conservative on many issues, he was still an unknown factor. He had no record of governing. He was a lifelong New Yorker, and his past positions were quite liberal. He had supported Democrats for election. Pro-lifers were among those concerned that if elected, Donald Trump would be a pro-abortion liberal president. He had, after all, declared in 1999 that he was “very pro-choice.”

There were two issues Trump campaigned on that united enough conservatives around his candidacy to ultimately prevail on Election Day and defeat Hillary Clinton. The first was abortion. Trump campaigned as a pro-life candidate, explaining that his position changed after watching a friend decide against abortion and coming to know the “great, great child” that is living today. He pledged to defund Planned Parenthood as president. The second issue that won over conservatives was Trump’s promises to nominate originalist judges to the Supreme Court. Trump also always promised these judges would be pro-life and would overturn Roe v. Wade.

Reality struck many wavering conservatives during the final presidential debate between Trump and Clinton when the abortion issue came up. In a powerful moment, Trump showed the clear distinction between his pro-life promise and the promise of an America under the Democratic Party where restrictions on abortion were removed.

“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 the baby. Now you can say that that’s okay, and Hillary can say that that’s okay, but it’s not okay with me,” Trump said.

Trump beat Hillary. Pro-life voters hoping he would keep his promises were a huge reason why.

The 2020 election is now under way. Democratic candidates are lining up to challenge President Trump. Confident in their 2018 midterm victory, Democratic lawmakers across America are pushing the envelope to see how far left they can take the country. In New York, with full Democratic control of state government for the first time in years, lawmakers stood and applauded as abortion till birth was legalized exactly as Trump described it in that debate.

Now Democrats want to repeat that victory in Virginia and Rhode Island. If given the opportunity, they will try to do it nationally. They will make it legal to kill a baby at any time during pregnancy, even just before birth, because the mother wants to. With more Americans disapproving of President Trump now than at any time in his presidency yet, with most Americans believing the country is on the “wrong track,” the Democrats may have that opportunity soon. And if Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam is an indicator, the Left’s real position is even more evil than permitting abortion through the third trimester.

“The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

Americans will not stand for that. But so far President Trump’s response has been tepid. In an interview with the Daily Caller, Trump called Northam’s comments “terrible” and referenced his debate with Clinton.

“I thought it was terrible,” Trump said. “Do you remember when I said Hillary Clinton was willing to rip the baby out of the womb? That’s what it is, that’s what they’re doing, it’s terrible.”

The president also tweeted that the Democratic Party has become the party of late-term abortion.

Trump needs to go further. He can begin the course correction on his presidency right here, right now, making it clear to everyone that while he is president of the United States, he will fight this evil will all the powers of his office.

In his State of the Union address next week, Trump should renew calls to defund Planned Parenthood — which almost certainly is one of the special interest groups pushing the Democrats’ evil legislation. He should call on Congress to take up votes condemning the practice of abortion in the third trimester, to expose the Democrats in Congress who won’t vote for that. He should call on Congress to pass a federal heartbeat bill, protecting life from the moment of a baby’s first heartbeat. Congress should also take up legislation banning selective abortions based on sex or genetic deformity.

And if Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., refuses to bring these bills to the floor of the House, then Trump should turn around during his address, point at her, and tell the American people the Democrats’ position on killing children is so evil and extreme that their leadership won’t even allow votes on these bills.

Rewrite parts of the speech if necessary. The president cannot show weakness or inactivity to pro-life conservatives when the Democrats’ abortion extremism is so naked.

After Trump delivers this address, he should make every single one of his Democratic challengers tell the American people what their position is on late-term abortion. It should be abundantly clear to every voter in America that if they oppose killing children just before birth, they must vote to re-elect President Donald Trump.

Go after the media, too. Show how the partisan progressive mainstream media in America is the enemy of unborn children. It’s easy enough to do. When Northam’s comments were finally reported in The Washington Post, the article was originally framed as “Va. Gov. Northam faces fierce conservative backlash over late term abortion bill.”

Virginia Democratic Delegate Kathy Tran openly admitted that her legislation allows killing a baby just before birth, and the Post made it seem like Republicans were the bad guys.

This is the Left in America. These leftists do not need to be exposed. They have exposed themselves. They are defending and excusing infanticide. Do not let them get away with it, Mr. President! Shame them! Oppose them!

Do that, Mr. President, and conservatives will have your back again. Do that and you will be re-elected.


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Author: Chris Pandolfo

Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.

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