April 21st, 2011

Trump Shows Lack of Understanding on Life Issue

So, Donald Trump doesn’t know that the “right to privacy” is the basis for the Supreme Court’s decisions legalizing abortion.

When asked by a reporter if he thought there was a right to privacy in the Constitution, Trump responded:

“I guess there is, I guess there is.  And why, just out of curiosity, why do you ask that question?”

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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Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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