Yesterday, EWTN aired Raymond Arroyo’s interview with Donald Trump. In the course of it, Trump repeated a tale has told before to sell prolifers on his “conversion” to a prolife position:
You’re very concerned about the late-term abortions. What was the moment that changed your thinking, your heart, on this?
Well, there are a number of moments, but one was a couple that I know very, very well — and you had a strong pro-life [person] and you had a strong pro-choice [person], and they argued over [the pregnancy]. … The mother was pregnant. They argued over the child. One, I won’t get into specifics.
But one wanted to abort. And the other said, “We can’t do that. We’re not going to do that.” Anyway, they had the baby. It was a long time ago. And the baby is such a magnificent person, who I know, a magnificent person. And the person that was actually pro-choice is now pro-life because of it, and it had a big effect on me. But I’ve seen other examples similar to that; but I’ve seen other examples, so …
Trumpian chronology is a curious thing. This happened “a long time ago”. Long enough for the baby to have grown up into a “magnificent person, who I know”. So *when* did this “conversion” happen?
Well, we also know that as recently as March, Trump was saying that he was “just doing what is right” to say:
“Look, Planned Parenthood has done very good work for many, many — for millions of women,” Trump said in a news conference Tuesday night. “And I’ll say it, and I know a lot of the so-called conservatives, they say that’s really … cause I’m a conservative, but I’m a common-sense conservative.”
And in April–of this year–he was saying “the laws are set, we have to leave it that way” concerning Roe. (He also refused to answer the question of whether this champion of the unborn and women had ever personally paid for abortions for his sexual conquests.)
After that, we hear nothing but silence from him, right up to the Convention, when he delivers… more silence. For the first time in decades, he becomes the first GOP candidate to refuse to so much as mention abortion in his stemwinder speech.
To be sure, he surrounds himself with some prolife Christians who, we are assured, are “counseling” him on all this. (Note: only the prolife Christians have a moral effect on Donald Trump. The Alt Right Racists and White Supremacists with which he also surrounds himself and whose rhetoric actually forms the backbone of his campaign and the bulk of his message have no effect on this Baby Christian who is daily growing in grace and wisdom.) And you can trust this because those prolife Christians are out in the field telling us that Trump has had this “conversion” at some mysterious point in time, though he almost never discusses it.
But no, he says not a word except about the Court and the Second Amendment.
On to the third debate, where he is asked point blank, three times, if he wants to overturn Roe and three times refuses to give a straight answer to that question. Feel the passion of the zealous convert!:
Wallace: Well, let’s pick up on another issue which divides you, and the justices that, whoever ends up winning this election appoints, could have a dramatic effect there. That’s the issue of abortion. Mr. Trump, you’re pro-life. And I want to ask you specifically. Do you want the court, including the justices that you will name, to overturn Roe v. Wade, which includes, in fact, states a woman’s right to abortion.
Trump: Well, if that would happen, because I am pro-life and I will be appointing pro-life judges, I would think that would go back to the individual states.
Wallace: I’m asking you specifically would you-
Trump: If they overturned it, it would go back to the states.
Wallace: But what I’m asking you, do you want to see the court overturn it? You just said you want to see the court protect the second amendment, do you want to see the court overturn-
Trump: If we put another two or perhaps three justices on, that is really what will happen. That will happen automatically in my opinion. Because I am putting pro-life justices on the court. I will say this. It will go back to the states and the states will then make a determination.
So just when did Trump “convert” to a prolife position? Because to any person of common sense it is obvious that he would be delighted if he never had to think or talk about abortion ever again. And it looks like even his tepid “defense” of a prolife position is so massively tone deaf that he would not understand the terms “sanctity of human life” or “intrinsic value of the human person” or “made in the image and likeness of God” if his life depended on it. His very story of “conversion” makes clear that this (likely fictitious) baby who grew up to be a “magnificent person” has a right to live entirely predicated on the fact that they grew up to be a magnificent person and not a “loser”.
In short, sticking Trump up on a stage as some kind of champion of the prolife position is as painfully unbelievable as expecting Nixon to disco.
But, it ran on EWTN so now we are all supposed to believe it and take it seriously. And if you don’t, Good Catholics have their marching orders from the Dear Leader himself:
Frankly, if any Catholic votes for Hillary Clinton, you know, I would say, if I were a Catholic, I wouldn’t be talking to them anymore.
The Combox Show Trials and Inquisitions will begin on November 9 as the Greatest Catholics of All Time arraign those of us who fail to buy this hogwash and refuse to vote for this visible-from-space fraud.