It’s now less than four months until the Republicans in the U.S. must decide who will carry their flag in the November election. Rather than concentrating their efforts on winning back the White House, the obsession in recent weeks has been “Can we find a way to stop The Donald ?”
Clearly a GOP campaign headed by Donald Trump would be a disaster, and it would surely grease the wheels for Hillary Clinton to become the first woman to make decisions in the oval office. Who would ever have imagined that the bombastic billionaire would be tripped up by questions about abortion ?
In Wisconsin, after he got through trashing Governor Scott Walker and insulting members the local media, particularly the women, Trump literally got ‘suckered’ by Chris Matthews of MSNBC. What came out was ‘Women who have an abortion should be punished in some way’, if such a procedure were illegal. Abortion has been legal in the U.S. for more than 40 years. Donald would like to change that, but he hasn’t spelled out how.
When a predictable firestorm followed his comments, he tried to backtrack, saying that the person who performs an abortion is the one who should be punished, not the woman who terminated her pregnancy. But the damage has been done, and it appears to be huge.
Perhaps most importantly, it will hopefully wake up the more intelligent citizens of Trump Nation to take a closer more critical look at just what this man stands for. Other than his rhetoric about building a wall on the Mexican border and keeping Muslims out of the U.S, Trump has done his best to avoid substantive debate about important issues. He has avoided most of the major debates with his opponents for the Republican nomination.
Perhaps the tide is finally turning, and the world’s largest democracy might still get to make a slightly more sensible choice in November.
I’m Roger Currie