Donald Finally Shows His Colors on Abortion and Transgender
Welcome to the Democratic party, Donald. We always knew you were a faker.
1. News reports reveal that the Trumpster said he would change the Republican Platform on Abortion to allow abortion when it’s for the life and health of the mother or when conception is the result of rape or incest:
NEW YORK CITY, April 21, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Donald Trump said he would like to change the Republican Party’s platform on abortion to make it less pro-life.
During a nationally televised town hall on the “Today” show this morning, Savannah Guthrie asked him, “The Republican platform every four years has a provision that states that the right of the unborn child shall not be infringed, and it makes no exceptions for rape, for incest, for the life of the mother. Would you want to change the Republican platform to include the exceptions that you have?”
“Yes, I would,” he replied without hesitation. “Yes, I would, absolutely, for the three exceptions. I would.”
Guthrie asked him if he would broaden the instances in which he favored abortion to include “an exception for the health of the mother.”
“I would leave it for the life of the mother,” Trump said, “but I would absolutely have the three exceptions.”
Pro-life advocates say the “health of the mother” exception has been broadened to such an extent that an abortion can be justified on any grounds, from permanent physical disability to the belief that carrying the child to term might cause the mother emotional struggles.
Every four years, the media focus scrutiny on the Republican Party’s strongly pro-life platform, which endorses a Right to Life Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum, which has fought back previous efforts to remove the GOP’s pro-life plank, has said, “The pro-life plank in the Republican Platform is essential both to the pro-life movement and to Republican victories. The Republican Party cannot win without the support of its pro-life constituency.”
Trump has long described himself as pro-life with the three “caveats” of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother – the same position as Governor John Kasich and every Republican presidential nominee since George H.W. Bush in 1988.
Senator Ted Cruz, Trump’s closest rival, makes no exception on the basis of rape or incest. After Trump’s landslide victory in the New York primary on Tuesday, Cruz has been mathematically eliminated from reaching the 1,237 delegates necessary to win the presidential nomination on the first ballot at the convention this summer. His only chance left is to prevent Trump from clinching the nomination, and then defeat him in later ballots at a contested convention.
Savannah Guthrie: The Republican platform every four years has a provision that states that the right of the unborn child shall not be infringed, and it makes no exceptions for rape, for incest, for the life of the mother. Would you want to change the Republican platform to include the exceptions that you have?
Donald Trump: Yes, I would. Yes, I would, absolutely, for the three exceptions. I would.
Guthrie: Would you have an exception for the health of the mother?
Trump: I would leave it for the life of the mother, but I would absolutely have the three exceptions.
2. Ted Cruz on Twitter on Trump and transgender:
Common sense: grown men shouldn’t be in bathrooms w/ little girls. @realDonaldTrump told us he could be PC, but wow: [From Politico:] “Trump: Transgender people can use whatever bathroom they want.”
NEW YORK CITY, April 21, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – North Carolina should not have passed a law to prevent biological males from using the restrooms, showers, and changing facilities of the opposite sex, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said this morning.
Efforts to create new restrooms specifically for transgender people “would be discriminatory,” he said.
When asked about North Carolina’s H.B. 2, enacted by Republican moderate Gov. Pat McCrory, which restricts all such facilities to members of the same biological sex, Trump grimaced.
“Oh, I had a feeling that question was going to come up,” he said.
The state should have decided to “leave it the way it is,” he said.
“People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate,” Trump continued. “There have been very few complaints the way it is.”
Speaking during a nationally televised town hall meeting on NBC’s “Today” show, Mr. Trump cited the economic backlash against North Carolina – more than 160 businesses, including some of the most powerful corporations in the nation – as part of the reason the new law should have been scuttled.
“North Carolina did something that was very strong, and they’re paying a big price,” he said, “with all of the businesses that’s leaving and with all of the strife – and that’s on both sides.”
That response is a stark contrast to his closest rival, Senator Ted Cruz, who called the law “reasonable” during an MSNBC town hall in Buffalo last week. “As the father of daughters, I’m not terribly excited about men being able to go alone into a bathroom with my daughters,” he said.
The business mogul’s answer puts him more in line with Ohio Governor John Kasich, who said he “probably” wouldn’t have signed H.B. 2, telling both sides of the controversy to “chill out” and “get over it.”
This morning, Mr. Trump raised the issue of having businesses create new restrooms specifically designated as unisex or for transgender use, before deciding against it on fiscal grounds.
“First of all, I think that would be discriminatory, in a certain way,” he said. Also, “it would be unbelievably expensive for businesses and the country,” as every public accommodation in the nation added a new restroom facility.
Host Matt Lauer asked Trump if Bruce Jenner, who legally changed his name to Caitlyn, would be welcome to use “any bathroom she chooses” if he visits Trump Tower.
“That is correct,” Trump replied.
He did not specifically indicate that he supported laws requiring businesses to allow biological males to use the intimate facilities of the opposite sex, and did not comment on the rest of the viewer’s question about what concrete measures he would take to advance LGBT political goals.