Kathleen Parker: With question on abortion, Trump learns that thinking is tough

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 11:00 PM

Case in point: Since deciding to running for president – and maybe before, but who knows? – Trump has insisted he's pro-life. America learned otherwise with his recent remarks that a woman should be punished were she to have an illegal abortion.

Kathleen Parker: With question on abortion, Trump learns that thinking is tough

Donald Trump is learning how tough it's to pretend to be something he’s not.

Case in point: Since deciding to running for president – and maybe before, but who knows? – Trump has insisted he's pro-life. America learned otherwise with his recent remarks that a woman should be punished were she to have an illegal abortion. Since abortion is legal, this is a circumstance that doesn’t exist, otherwise known as a hypothetical query.

The question posed to Trump by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews wasn’t tough even if it was irrelevant.

Abortion has been valid for forty-three years and, though many Americans would be comfortable with limits, the law isn’t likely to be overturned. That is, unless a Republican president remakes the Supreme Court, which, speaking of hypotheticals, could happen.

With possibly four seats, including recently deceased Antonin Scalia’s, to fill in the following presidential term, a pro-life president such as Trump pretends he'd be, might select pro-life justices and, voilà, Roe v. Wade could conceivably be overturned.

Conceivably. Possibly. Potentially. But probably not.

This scenario was what Matthews was trying to examine with Trump, who, apparently, had never given any serious thought to how a Trump presidency might act or what the repercussions might see like. His reply betrayed a shallow consciousness. Yes, he said, there should be some punishment for a woman who's an abortion if the procedure became illegal. And, no, he said, men (as in the father of the unborn child) shouldn't face any punishment.

Spoken love a true generic numbskull, not to mention an ayatollah. Note to Trump: I know it’s unhurried reading that brand new Bible, but please do pass ahead to the New Testament.

If Trump were truly pro-life, which he apparently isn’t, given his lack of understanding of the pro-life movement to finish abortion, number one in that world talks about punishing women. Even the craziest “pro-lifer” trains his fury on doctors rather than women seeking abortion.

Giving Trump the benefit of the doubt, he may well have changed his mind about abortion.

But to go from supporting partial-birth abortion, as Trump once did, to being pro-life would propose a Road to Damascus moment rather than a casual modify of mind. Yet, Trump’s professed conversion seems to have all the depth of a breakfast menu change: I used to love waffles, but presently I like pancakes.

The ordinary reply to Matthews’ question would've been to say, as smarter presidential candidates generally do: “I’m not going to entertain hypothetical questions about circumstances that don’t exist and may never exist. But I'll tell you how I came to modify my mind about abortion. It truly was a life-altering experience for me, as I know it's been for so many Americans.”

Such a response would've had the added benefits of conveying a scarce sincerity from Trump and also, much to the pleasure of media-haters, of making Matthews seem love an off-base bully. But a truer answer – the pro-life reply that is, in fact, portion of pro-life catechism – would've gone something like this:

“Chris, let me pass the hypothetical and just declare that I've nothing but compassion for women who discover themselves unable to welcome a baby into the world. I can only imagine how painful it should be for a woman to discover herself in such a situation. This is why, as president, I'd do everything in my power to assistance women discover quality prenatal health care and other support, as well as fond homes for their babies.”

This would've so flummoxed his interviewer while pleasing his conservative constituents that Trump could've backstroked to the conference and a likely nomination. Hypothetically speaking. It'd have humanized him and revealed a depth heretofore in hiding.

Instead, he'd to backpedal from his remarks, as he's countless other times. His retake was that only doctors should be punished in a world he's promised to assistance fashion – a conclusion he reached after half the world and most women went bat-crazy.

Already unpopular beyond his base, Trump’s unfavorability rating among women has presently hit seventy-five percent. Even among Republican women, his favorability has dropped about twenty-five points since last November.

One’s only conclusion: The man either can’t or won’t think before speaking. Shooting from the hip may work on reality TV, but it’s number way to running a country – or even to broker a deal, the art of which seems to have been lost on its author.

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