By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog
Some New Jersey politicians are beginning to line up behind one candidate or another ahead of what’s looking increasingly likely to be a contested GOP convention, Save Jerseyans, but up in the 39th Legislative District, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R) isn’t feeling very inspired.
“As a Republican who also happens to be female I am horrified by what is going on nationally in our party. To the men running for the highest office in the country please get a grip and act like grown ups,” Holly opined via social media on Thursday morning. “This is getting ridiculous. Family members are not fair game, women should not be ‘punished’ for having an abortion, no one gives a crap about the size of your hands. We care about opportunity not entitlement. We care about our national security. We care about our jobs, our businesses and families. Please stop the insanity.”
Context is key. Incivility is only a small part of what’s concerning so many of us. Her comments on the interplay between abortion and “punishment” were almost certainly catalyzed by the most recent headlines.
In case you missed it, here’s the Donald’s latest room-clearing brain fart emitted during this week’s MSNBC presidential town hall thingie:
The “answer is that there has to be some form of punishment, yeah,” a visibly struggling and uncomfortable Trump told Chris Matthews, characteristically without any accompanying statistics. I actually liked his Catholicism retort – Matthews’ “private morality” argument is as toothless as the tingle Obama sent up his leg – yet a terrible hypocrite like Trump isn’t the most effective prosecutor of that important point, is he?
Let’s take a quick second to unpack this or it’s going to be impossible to discuss in a constructive way.
First off, 99.9% of pro-lifers (myself proudly included) aren’t advocating sticking young women in stockades for having obtained abortions. Trump did himself and the pro-life movement a lot of damage by grabbing onto that objectively incorrect and shitty premise with both hands, folks, wagging his orange jaw like a moron while another couple of states slipped out of our electoral column for it. Chris Matthews is asking the questions… shouldn’t this genius businessman have been prepared to say something a little less stupid?
The bottom line (and a discussion to be elaborated upon at a later time): exacting punishment and removing access are two entirely different concepts. You still might not agree with me, fair enough, but there is a substantive and major difference known to all intelligent peoples save for the Republican front runner.
So thanks a lot for that, Donald. Schmuck.
But regardless of where you fall on what we need to “do” about abortion, I’m curious if any pro-life Trumpies have bothered to think deeply enough about whether Trump can be counted on to support the incrimental progress made by red and red-ish states toward curbing the barbaric practice?
Well, he’s been all over the place on the Supreme Court as with most other issues, alternatively praising Scalia and praising his radical pro-choice sister – a federal judge – all in the same news cycle.
So there’s that. Of course, all you need to consider is his ‘evolution’ on abortion itself to realize he’s dangerously full of crap.
Evolution is the popular term for it but it isn’t accurate since evolution implies progression in one direct. Trump’s trajectory is anything but linear. He was “very pro-choice” in 1999. Not as a kid in 1969 or younger man in 1979.
In his 50’s, as a grown-ass man, Trump was yuuuuuge into infanticide:
More recently, since diving into the race for president in June 2016, Trump discovered religion – the Bible is his favorite book by a hair! – and declared that he’s opposed to abortion save for the usual (yet statistically rare) exceptions: instances of rape, incest, or to save the mother’s life.
Then things got complicated, again, at the MSNBC town hall. See the first video above.
The “punishment” sound bite only tells part of the story. It’s so much worse when you break-down the entire exchange’s progression.
He made the ‘punishment’ remark around 1 p.m.?
A relatively short time later, around 3:30, the Trump Team put out a statement explaining that the issue is “unclear and should be put back into the states for determination.” Huh?
Then… full stop. About an hour and a half later, yet another statement crossed the wires declaring “the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman. The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb.”
Confused? Good. I’d be worried if you weren’t!
Time to extract your collective head from your shared rear end, Trumpies. “Get a grip and act like grown ups” as Holly advised. Your candidate didn’t “change his mind” or “evolve” over time on abortion or anything else. This isn’t a Reagan-esque “the party left me” conversion story. Nope.
As Trump infamously said in The Art of the Deal…
The final key to the way I promote is bravado. I play to people’s fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That’s why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular.”
Said another way, this orange, well-heeled Frankenstein says WHATEVER HE NEED TO SAY to sell condos, steaks, airline tickets, ‘university’ degrees, books, and now, a presidential candidacy. You can’t trust a damn thing he says about abortion, the border, tomorrow’s weather or today’s basketball score. He’s making it up as he goes along and he’s getting away with it because our country is populated by (1) ignorant people (1) who feed the media’s ratings and (3) who hate what Mark Levin told them Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell stand for more than they want to beat Hillary Clinton.
Could it be any clearer? He’s a fraud.
More generously? He intends to be a pro-life candidate but isn’t strong enough in his convictions, and command of the facts, to avoid flipping and flopping on national television.
He’s also, once again, behaving more like a mid-20th century European strongman than a limited government conservative. The man who thinks “education” and health care are in the Constitution also seems to think he can simply fix abortion with a wave of his magic wand, or at least judging by Answer #1. If only.
Face the music: it’s time to salvage the GOP’s 2016 prospects – and all of our vulnerable federal and state-level gains from recent cycles – by punishing Donald Trump in the only way available to us… aborting his primary candidacy. Every single polling analysis is consistent. Vote accordingly or you’re on the wrong side of history, truth, and common sense, and you’ll also need to start getting used to saying ‘Madam President’ for four to eight years. The choice should be easy for you to make. I hope?