Sometimes, calling a spade a spade is disquieting. Democrats know this only too well, which is why they spend sleepless nights conjuring up euphemisms to stand in for the unpleasantries they countenance. Illegal aliens? Ugh! Call them “undocumented workers” (even though many of them don’t work). Terrorists? Call them “freedom fighters.”
So now with infanticide, the sting of which they attempt to lessen by calling it “abortion through the third trimester” and even after birth, if necessary. No matter how much they sugarcoat it, the harsh reality remains the same.
But that doesn’t stop the Left from feigning self-righteous indignation at the president’s brutally frank description of the policy they have endorsed. On Monday, Slate contributor Daniel Politi lashed out at Trump for comments he had made in Green Bay, Wisc., Saturday. Writes Politi:
Trump went on to falsely characterize what he said an “extreme late abortion” would entail in horrifically graphic — and not to mention misleading — language. “Your Democrat governor here in Wisconsin, shockingly, stated that he will veto legislation that protects Wisconsin babies born alive. Born alive,” Trump said in a disapproving tone. “The baby is born, the mother meets with the doctor, they take care of the baby, they wrap the baby beautifully, and then the doctor and the mother determine whether or not they will execute the baby.”
Here is a video of the comments in a tweet posted by Vox’s Aaron Rupar, who mistakenly assumes the thumbs-downs from the animated crowd are meant for Trump.
Trump falsely claims Democrats support murdering babies.
“The baby is born, the mother meets w/the doctor. They take care of the baby. They wrap the baby beautifully. Then the doctor and mother determine whether or not they will execute the baby.”
The crowd respond w/angry boos pic.twitter.com/DgVgw5IZ0f
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 28, 2019
It isn’t just liberal journalists that are accusing the president of distorting the truth about late-term abortion. Here’s embattled freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar:
This is truly dangerous and sickening!
Is this deranged President suggesting parents and doctors are working together to commit infanticide?
We have seen religious fanatics bombing clinics and threatening women, this will fan the flame of violence.
Stop the misinformation. https://t.co/Ad2ysWpDh9
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 28, 2019
Politi is right that the president’s language is “horrifically graphic,” but he and Rupar are wrong when they claim Trump’s characterization is false or misleading.
Politi goes on to claim that Trump twisted the words of “Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to make it seem as though Northam supports infanticide.” He conveniently avoids including the governor’s words, thereby denying the reader the chance to judge for himself. Here is how Northam described “abortion after birth”:
If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired. And then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother. So I think this was really blown out of proportion.
Northam, who is a Democrat, may view the Right’s reaction as “blown out of proportion,” in much they way Politi has, but there’s no way under the Constitution of justifying abortion after birth as anything other than murder, or execution, to use Trump’s term.
It might be instructive for Politi and other progressives to read the testimony of another Virginia Democrat, State Delegate Kathy Tran, who authored legislation allowing abortions up to the moment of birth. The questioner was Republican Majority Leader Todd Gilbert, who initially asks her to define late-term abortion.
Kathy Tran: I mean, through the third trimester. The third trimester goes up to 40 weeks.
Todd Gilbert: OK, but to the end of the third trimester?
Tran: Yup, I don’t think we have a limit in the bill.
Gilbert: Where it’s obvious that a woman is about to give birth, she has physical signs that she’s about to give birth, would that still be a point at which she could request an abortion if she was so certified? She’s dilating.
Tran: My bill would allow that. Yes.
The Left needs to stop being coy and quibbling over how this monstrous proposal is described by its opponents.