Notice anything about Donald Trump’s abortion debacle yesterday? Not the obvious stuff, about how he angered not just liberals but also the pro-life lobby, who have worked hard to avoid the obvious logical end point of their policies and the criminalisation of women.
First, there was the rapid clarification or u-turn, depending on your view. How often has Mr Trump retracted a position after it cause a fuss? Not often.
But here also is his statement:
If Congress were to pass legislation making abortion illegal and the federal courts upheld this legislation, or any state were permitted to ban abortion under state and federal law, 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. My position has not changed – like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions.
It starts with the hypotheticals of the situation he was discussing, and then coolly rows pretty much everything back. It is as if someone sat down with the candidate, explained the predicament – maybe even with a pro-life lobbyist on the phone – and suggested drafting a statement that set out everything clearly and without emotion. You can almost imagine the pay-off line from the adviser… “I have a draft you may like to look at.”
Compare with this statement issued two months ago when he had a falling out with Fox News…
(New York, NY) January 26th, 2016 – As someone who wrote one of the best-selling business books of all time, TheArt of the Deal, who has built an incredible company, including some of the most valuable and iconic assets in the world, and as someone who has a personal net worth of many billions of dollars, Mr. Trump knows a bad deal when he sees one. FOX News is making tens of millions of dollars on debates, and setting ratings records (the highest in history), where as in previous years they were low-rated afterthoughts.
Unlike the very stupid, highly incompetent people running our country into the ground, Mr. Trump knows when to walk away. Roger Ailes and FOX News think they can toy with him, but Mr. Trump doesn’t play games. There have already been six debates, and according to all online debate polls including Drudge, Slate, Time Magazine, and many others, Mr. Trump has won all of them, in particular the last one. Whereas he has always been a job creator and not a debater, he nevertheless truly enjoys the debating process – and it has been very good for him, both in polls and popularity.
He will not be participating in the FOX News debate and will instead host an event in Iowa to raise money for the Veterans and Wounded Warriors, who have been treated so horribly by our all talk, no action politicians. Like running for office as an extremely successful person, this takes guts and it is the kind of mentality our country needs in order to Make America Great Again.
I may well be late to this, but I think the other lesson we can draw from the abortion turnaround is that Mr Trump now has some actual advisers and someone writing his press releases…