Don’t Let Trump’s Moralizing Fool You

The recent Planned Parenthood “controversy” has offered GOP presidential candidates an opportunity for more of their incessant and borderline fraudulent moralizing.  Presidential candidate Donald Trump described Planned Parenthood’s activities around abortion services and selling fetal tissue for research purposes as “disgraceful” and suggested that Republicans shutdown the government over PP funding.

 But is Trump trying to warm up to the establishment Republican agenda for campaign purposes, or appeal to a certain voter base?  Because in a 1999 interview as a guest on Meet the Press, Trump told Tim Russet that he is “very pro-choice.”  Here is an excerpt from the interview.

I’m very pro-choice. I hate the concept of abortion. I hate it. I hate everything it stands for. I cringe when I listen to people debating the subject. But you still—I just believe in choice. And, again, it may be a little bit of a New York background, because there is some different attitude in different parts of the country. And, you know, I was raised in New York, and grew up and work and everything else in New York City. But I am strongly for choice and, yet, I hate the concept of abortion.

MR. RUSSERT: But you would not ban it?


MR. RUSSERT: Or ban partial birth abortion?

MR. TRUMP: No. I am pro-choice in every respect and as far as it goes, but I just hate it.

What is Trump up to?  Is this campaign political calculus, or a change of heart?


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About Thomas Hobbes Jr.

Scientist of the soul, of the City. Anxious political theorist and social media gadfly, who refuses to engage without immediate internet access. Becomes especially aroused by, and is particularly adept at sniffing out, weak arguments in foreign policy and international relations. Likes to hide behind the quotes and texts of great writers, political philosophers, and other figures in the history of political thought.

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