The leak of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion revealing the Court’s intention to overturn Roe v. Wade has Donald Trump terrified. Trump is apparently afraid that his chances in the 2024 Presidential election — if he chooses to run again — are doomed.
According to Rolling Stone, Trump told a small group:
“Suburban women – some who voted for me – they don’t like it when we talk about it. That’s a problem sometimes [and that is] important to remember.”
With angry women — and men — taking to the streets to protest the elimination of reproductive freedom and autonomy for women, suburbia may not be kind to the ones that they hold responsible. The media was flooded with pictures and videos of protests outside the homes of Supreme Court justice and Senators that are being blamed for the radical change in their constitutional rights. It is a wake-up call to the right-wing minority that they just may have gone a bridge too far.
Prior to his 2016 campaign, Donald Trump was vocally pro-choice. A former Democrat, and known donor to Democratic races around the country, Trump did a 180 when seeking the Republican nomination. But for those not old enough to remember, author and activist Don Winslow shared a reminder.
Watch Donald Trump talk about abortion before he needed the Evangelical vote.
"I am pro choice in every respect" pic.twitter.com/X5KcqubMTO
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) August 26, 2020
Despite having a history of infidelity, multiple divorces, children out of wedlock, and more than two dozen sexual assault allegations – the one-term failed insurrectionist-in-chief was the chosen one among Evangelicals after going all-in and promising on the 2016 campaign trail to appoint justices to the Supreme Court that would overturn the 50-year-old settled law on women’s abortion rights.
In his final Presidential debate vs. former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump was steadfast in his pro-life stance and his commitment to appointing pro-life judges. When asked by moderator Chris Wallace if he wanted the court to overturn Roe, in true Trump fashion he danced around the question, saying “I am pro-life and I will be appointing pro-life judges.” Trump claimed that the issue should refer back to the states to be determined.
Wallace pressed Trump again. And again, he got another pre-packaged answer from Trump.
“If we put another two, or perhaps three justices on, that’s really what’s going to be had…that’s will happen. That’ll happen automatically in my opinion because I am putting pro-life justices on the court,” he explained.
Trump is known for flip-flopping, saying one thing, and then, moments later, claiming the exact opposite. But his base didn’t seem to care – until now.
And Trump knows it.
Robert Jeffress, Trump’s informal advisor and pastor of a Dallas megachurch, confirmed to Rolling Stone that Trump was aware and concerned. Jeffress told the magazine that Trump said the American people were “conflicted” on abortion and that on the issue “the majority of Americans are somewhere in between,” indicating that even those opposed to abortion don’t necessarily agree with a total ban.
He would be right. Polls, with varying results, consistently show that a majority of the American people want to see Roe remain in place.
For a man who never misses the opportunity to praise himself, Trump has been uncharacteristically silent since the Supreme Court leak, even though the overturning of Roe v. Wade is a direct result of his Supreme Court nominations. In this case, however, it appears that he’s less worried about getting “credit” than he is about being blamed by the very group he needs the most.
For once it seems the habitual and unapologetic liar is reaping the consequence of his words.
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