Dear God, please, please make it stop. I swear, I can barely even think straight in trying to lay out the most recent unbelievably idiotic things Donald Trump has said (though that could also be my irritation at ATT for the in/out, in/out of my internet connection today which is why this is late. GRRRR.).
But yeah – today’s news is ALL about Trump’s most recent triple flip flop in just 24 hrs about abortion. Oh, this is a doozy. And not for nothing, but BOTH sides are angry about Trump’s comments at an MSNBC townhall. From The Hill:
[…] But Trump’s rivals from both parties quickly seized on the controversy.
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, in a tweet, called the initial comments “horrific and telling.”
“Your Republican frontrunner, ladies and gentlemen. Shameful,” tweeted Democratic candidateBernie Sanders.
Republicans, too, blasted the remarks, with some questioning Trump’s anti-abortion credentials.
“Once again Donald Trump has demonstrated that he hasn’t seriously thought through the issues, and he’ll say anything just to get attention,” Ted Cruz said in a statement.
“On the important issue of the sanctity of life, what’s far too often neglected is that being pro-life is not simply about the unborn child; it’s also about the mother — and creating a culture that respects her and embraces life,” he continued.
“Of course we shouldn’t be talking about punishing women; we should affirm their dignity and the incredible gift they have to bring life into the world.”
“Don’t overthink it: Trump doesn’t understand the pro-life position because he’s not pro-life,” tweeted Brian Phillips, a top aide to Cruz, Trump’s main GOP rival for the presidential nomination.
“Of course women shouldn’t be punished,” for having an abortion, John Kasich, another presidential contender, also told NBC. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Good grief. What the hell is WRONG with this man?? Wow.
One point not to be lost in this is the impact Trump’s statements have on the Pro-life movement as addressed by one of Cruz’s aides in the quote above. The Federalist also has a very good post on the damage Trump is doing in that regard, “4 Reasons Donald Trump’s Was A Betrayal of Pro-Lifers.” One of the salient points is this:
4) Pure Sabotage of the Debate
Quin Hilyer at National Review Online raised a point that everyone was missing in the brouhaha. It wasn’t just that Trump said he’d support punishing women. It was also how he made the argument. When Matthews asked him how he’d ban abortions, Trump word-clouded something to the effect of, “You go back to a position like they had where they would perhaps go to illegal places, but we have to ban it.”
As Hilyer writes:
Scrutinize that for a moment. If that doesn’t play into the hands of the anti-life movement, nothing does. This is a wink-wink/nudge-nudge to the idea that illegal abortion mills or perhaps even back alleys are to be accepted as alternatives to legal abortions — rather than that, say, adoptions should be promoted, along with community support for pre-natal care and both pre- and post-natal counseling.
This answer most makes sense if you imagine that Trump’s main goal was to sabotage everything the pro-life movement has ever worked for. Perhaps he’s just so new to thinking about abortion that his mind is a tumbled mess of thoughts. Being an outsider who is new to political discussions has served Trump well thus far in his campaign. In the case of the most important human rights issue of our time, it’s a disaster. (Click here to read the rest.)
I have NO qualms believing that. I think Trump IS sabotaging the this movement, and the GOP in general.
But that isn’t all Trump has said recently. In his CNN Townhall, Trump made more news in his response to Anderson Cooper about the top responsibilities of the Government. From Washington Free Beacon:
[…] “In your opinion, what are the top three functions of the United States government?” asked Robert Kitelinger, an Army veteran.
“Well, the greatest function of all by far is security for our nation. I would also say health care, I would also say education,” Trump said. “I mean there are many, many things, but I would say the top three are security, security, security. We have to have security for our country so that we can continue to exist as a country.”
“So, top three, you’re saying, security-” host Anderson Cooper said.
“Security. I would say, I say all top three are security. But, health care, education would be probably three that would be top, and then you can go on from there,” Trump said.
“So in terms of federal government role, you’re saying security, but you also say health care and education should be provided by the federal government,” Cooper said.
“Well those are two of the things, yeah, sure,” Trump said. “There are, I mean there are obviously many things: housing, providing great neighborhoods and safe neighborhoods.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Cooper went on to press Trump about his responses since, well, obviously his positions sound more like a DEMOCRAT and are also a contradiction to what he said before. So then, in less than a couple of minutes, he flipped back to, “oh, yeah – you’re right – I mean whatever the Republican position is…” Okay, that isn’t an exact quote, but if you read the rest of the article, you will see it is pretty damn close.
And along those lines, I would HIGHLY recommend an EXCELLENT National Review piece, “No, Trump Isn’t Actually Better Than Hillary.” The author, David French, touches on many of the points mentioned above, specifically Education and Health care. It is a good piece, and I hope you get a chance to read it.
Okay, enough of politics. Time for MORE VACATION PHOTOGRAPHS! Yes, it is that time. I know penguins are high on the list, but two other creatures we saw were seals and sea lions. AND, there were a whole bunch of pups of each! Naturally, I’ll give you another penguin photo because, why not, right? This is from Magdalena Island, Chile, and you’ll note that one of the penguins is coming out of the ocean after a dip:
So cute!! Next up, some seals from Ushuaia, Argentina:
Those little faces are SO cute, aren’t they? Get ready for more cuteness. These are sea lions, and their pups are the brown ones (also Ushuaia, Argentina):
I’ll be doing more of each of these because, come on – LOOK AT THOSE FACES!!!
One more, and this is of Blue-eyed Cormorants (they are HUGE):
It was a whole little island full of these handsome birds. Watching them take off on the water was so cool – they basically run across it until they get lift. So cool.
What’s on your minds today? This is an Open Thread.