When asked by a reporter if he thought there was a right to privacy in the Constitution, Trump responded:
The reporter explained the connection to the abortion court precedents, and Trump then added:
“Well, that’s a pretty strange way of getting to pro-life. I mean, it’s a very unique way of asking about pro-life. What does that have to do with privacy? How are you equating pro-life with privacy?”
Despite high Celebrity Apprentice ratings, this kind of makes him look like he’s not quite ready for prime time, at least in the political arena.
On the other hand, it raises and interesting point. In most people’s minds, privacy and abortion are unrelated. Sure, the constitution implies things about privacy when it says you can’t quarter soldiers in our homes and our homes can’t be searched without a property warrant. But most rational minds have a hard time jumping from privacy within one’s home to privacy as a justification for the murder of unborn children.
Granted, there are a lot of pro-abortion people out there. But most of them aren’t pro-abortion out of a sense of respect for individual privacy. They are pro-abortion because they are pro-doing-whatever-the-hell-they-want-to-do and anti-responsibility.
In any event, some of the shine just rubbed off of the shiny new candidate that was Trump… especially for those in the pro-life community.
These statements show a fundamental lack of understanding and interest in the abortion issue on the part of Trump. Pro-lifers want someone who is willing to do more than just pay lip service to his pro-life stance. They want a true believer.
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