A number of people seem to have missed an important exchange in the Presidential debate.
Not the exchange where we finally discovered that the way to reduce the Racist-in-Chief to silence is to ask him to denounce white supremacy:
Nor was it the exchange immediately following where, instead of denouncing white supremacy he pivoted to throwing love to white supremacists (as he so often does), by calling on the Proud Boys to stand back and stand by, just as he told us that people marching under the banner of the swastika at Charlottesville were “very fine people”, just as he urged “second amendment people” to deal with Hillary, just as he urges his legion of freelance MAGA terrorists to “beat the hell out of ’em” and “carry ’em out on a stretcher” while promising to pay their legal bills for their violent acts of terror against political opponents, just as he urged whack jobs in Michigan to ‘LIBERATE MICHIGAN”, resulting in a plot of said whack jobs to kidnap the governor of Michigan and in Trump condemning, not the whack jobs but the victim of the kidnapping conspiracy.
(The term for what Trump does is “stochastic terrorism”. It is when a demagogue calls for violence into a national megaphone and then refuses to take any responsibility when his violent, crazy cult answer the call by massacring brown people in an El Paso mall, or massacring Jews in a synagogue, or massacring Muslims in Canada, or massacring kids in Parkland. or committing the other 50 acts of Trump-inspired terror for which the Most Prolife President in History takes no responsibility.
No. It is not these outrages against human decency, the Constitutional order or the laws of God and man I want to discuss here. Rather, it is this exchange:
Vice President Joe Biden: (10:11)
Let me finish. The point is that the President also is opposed to Roe V. Wade. That’s on the ballot as well and the court, in the court, and so that’s also at stake right now. And so the election is all-
President Donald J. Trump: (10:25)
You don’t know what’s on the ballot. Why is it on the ballot? Why is it on the ballot? It’s not on the ballot.
Vice President Joe Biden: (10:31)
It’s on the ballot in the court.
President Donald J. Trump: (10:32)
I don’t think so.
Vice President Joe Biden: (10:33)
In the court.
President Donald J. Trump: (10:34)
There’s nothing happening there.
Vice President Joe Biden: (10:35)
Donald would you just be quiet for a minute.
President Donald J. Trump: (10:36)
You don’t know her view on Roe V. Wade? You don’t know here view.
Very few people seem to have noticed it in the food fight that was Trump’s embarrassing performance. Certainly not this paladin of Truly True Catholic Faith in the Prolife Folk Hero Pantheon:
Perhaps this champion of Human Life was too mesmerized with her passion for abandoning the weak to Trump’s eugenic plans for Herd Immunity, which in the mind of Cult mean “Do nothing and let the weak die so that the Master Specimens will survive”:
And yet, even an extremely unobservant reader of that debate exchange should not be able to escape noting that what Trump is doing there, at the very least, is completely throwing the prolife movement under the bus. He is answering Biden’s accusation that Trump means to destroy Roe vs. Wade with an emphatic assurance that neither he nor Amy Coney Barrett pose the slightest threat to Roe.
Now, the response of the Cult to all this is, of course, to say, “Oh, he has to say that. But don’t worry. He’s a liar just like us and when she gets appointed, then she will stop lying about her supposed devotion to stare decisis and the whole Court will finally magic abortion away!”
There is no actual evidence for this magical thinking on the part of the Cult. But they have lived by this lie for decades nonetheless.
Their resistance to reality on this point is an astonishing thing. We have literally had a GOP-dominated SCOTUS for fifty years, since 1970. It was that court that gave us Roe. All the Dem justices could have been in the bathroom when Roe was handed down and the outcome would have been the same. And in 1992, the GOP domination of the Court was overwhelming: 8-1 with the 1 being a prolife Democrat. That Court gave us the Casey decision and its famous Mystery Clause that entrenched abortion more deeply as a right.
Every year, year after year, Republican as well as Democrat administration have made sure that our abortion regime stays in place. Every year, Planned Parenthood gets funded again, with Trump raising that funding to the greatest level in history. When the GOP dominates both houses as well as the Presidency, they somehow always find a way to be too busy to do anything about abortion. Sometimes it’s because they need to plunge into a stupid war that meets no criterion of Just War Teaching. Sometimes it’s because they are too busy trying to destroy health care, or because they are shutting down the government, not over THE GREATEST MORAL ISSUE OF OUR TIME, but over Trump’s moronic wall. They know that the MAGA prolife cult will drop their fake interest in the unborn and devote their time and energy to the War or the Wall or killing the ACA, because they are the cheapest dates in town and never stop believing that if they fight for every lie and cruelty and stupidity, the GOP will finally reward them by magicking abortion away.
And yet still the proud, unteachable, arrogant larval MAGA “prolife” cult learned nothing at all and has now reached the point where they believe that to disagree with their massively failed “Vote GOP or the Baby Gets It” strategy makes you not only a babykilling fiend but an apostate (as I was informed I was by some proud Pharisees the other day). They are incapable of learning, except in one sense: They have become incredibly skilled at changing their story and lying to defend their true #1 priority: not the unborn, but the raw nihilist predatory power of Donald J. Trump, to whom there is no principle–and no person, not even the unborn–they will not sacrifice.
Of which more tomorrow.