President Trump has emboldened the vilest inhabitants of this nation to crawl out from under their rocks and spew the kind of hate and filth that they would have been previously too afraid to espouse out loud for fear of social repercussions.
Now, Bob Nonini, a Republican who has served three terms as a state senator and is now running for Lieutenant Governor in Idaho, has taken our public discourse to a disgusting new low.
The Associated Press reports that Nonini not only believes that women shouldn’t be in control of their own reproductive systems, he thinks they should be criminally prosecuted if they elect to get an abortion, with possible punishment all the way up to the death penalty.
Nonini said that he supported punishing women for abortions. When asked if that punishment should include capital punishment, he nodded in the affirmative.
Nonini made the shocking comments during a candidate forum in Moscow, Idaho. The event was hosted by a Christian podcast, so presumably, he was hoping to pander to the most regressive elements of the religious right. He has no place in government and must be voted out immediately.
While this absurd suggestion — that women should be executed for terminating unwanted pregnancies — might seem like a fringe opinion, it’s no longer safe to presume that. There are almost certainly other monsters within his party that agree with Nonini.
The Republican Party continues to grow more and more radicalized with each passing day. Vice President Mike Pence, the second most powerful member of the GOP, is himself a religious zealot who in the past advocated for similar evil practices such as gay conversion therapy.
Trump himself has called for “punishment” for abortions in the past, though he at least stopped short of calling for execution. He failed to specify how he’d like to punish these women.