By Barbara Clark
Political Commentator Marc Thiessen claims that Trump is “fearlessly pro-life.” (May 24, 2018).
Is this the same Trump who gleefully declared, “I like war?” War means dead people.
Is this the same Trump who has openly admired Putin, Duterte, and Kim for being “strong?” They meet his idea of “strong” by slaughtering uncounted numbers of people to get their own way. Slaughter means dead people.
Is this the same Trump who supports the attempts by the right wing to deny access to medical care to as many people as possible? A lack of medical care means dead people.
Is it the same Trump who favors shutting down women’s reproductive health care clinics just in case someone might need an abortion? This country has long had the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world, and now that rate is climbing. And, by the way, maternal mortality means dead people.
Surely this can’t be the same Trump who supports other deadly policies of the right wing. Policies like rolling back environmental laws, allowing industries to poison people’s air and water and food in the name of profit. Poison causes dead people.
Policies like sending people fleeing from violence and starvation back to where they came from, causing more dead people. Policies like refusing to provide adequate and timely disaster aid to Puerto Ricans, causing thousands of dead people.
He accepts the radical right’s adamant refusal to acknowledge the very existence of climate change. Regardless of the cause, it is real, it is killing people, and it is on track to kill more. Killing means dead people.
He has no problem with the many right-wing politicians who support and are supported by an extremist “Christian” movement called Dominionism, which advocates for the execution of gay people. Execution means dead people.
He is decidedly in line with their acquiescence to the NRA in refusing to consider any regulations on fire-arms, despite an overabundance of evidence that regulations save lives. Refusal to save lives means lots and lots of dead people.
Perhaps Theissen believes, as many others seem to, that “life” begins at conception and ends at birth. Perhaps he and others believe that “innocent life” applies only to the unborn and is lost when one commits the sin of taking a first breath. Perhaps they believe that being rabidly anti-abortion means they can support policies that kill already-born people and still claim the title of “pro-life.”
But most people know that calling Trump “pro-life” is either profound ignorance or a deliberate misnomer. And a deliberate misnomer is a lie. And causes dead people.
Header image: From Child Abuse at the Border by Patrick Chappatte, New York Times, June 18, 2018