How Trump’s ‘woman problem’ has become an election nightmare for the Republicans

Luke_mu
Luke_mu: THE INDEPENDENT Saturday 13 April 2024
The former president – and his appointments to the Supreme Court – ended American women’s constitutional right to have an abortion. Trump used to crow about it, but he now knows it could cost his party dear at the election, writes Jon Sopel


When Donald Trump speaks, the Republican world listens. Well, it listens until the point where what the former president is saying becomes a heavily tossed word salad, leaving a bewildered autocue operator fumbling about trying to decide where to place the cursor.
But this week Trump did speak, and, because of the importance of the subject and the controversy around it, he stuck rigidly to the lines that had been written.
The subject was abortion, and what should be the way forward nearly two years on from the overturning of Roe v Wade. This huuuuge victory (that is the Trump spelling of the word huge), ending the 50-year-old constitutional right of American women to get an abortion, was down to Trump and the three people he was able to appoint to the Supreme Court.
He crows about it. But since then, his victory lap has begun to resemble a long walk of shame. His problem is that, wherever the right to an abortion has been put on a state ballot, the electorate has said it wants women to be able to retain control over their reproductive rights. And such votes have taken place in states that are all shades of Republican red – from thin pinot noir Ohio to deeply malbec Kansas.
There have been other races in which candidates have sought to weaponise the abortion issue, and – again – it has cost Republicans dear. So, Trump has a problem. And this week he tried to give an answer.

“My view is now that we have abortion [law] where everyone wanted it from a legal standpoint, the states will determine by vote or legislation, or perhaps both.“

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Luke_mu
Luke_mu: It was Trump coming out firmly against the nationwide ban on abortion sought by anti-abortion, conservative evangelicals and Catholic lobby groups. In their eyes, the job is half-done; now is the time to complete the work. But Trump sees nothing but electoral peril on that route. Keep it sensible; leave it up to individual states.
And within 24 hours, one of the states made a decision. Indeed, not just any state, but Arizona, which is likely to be one of the half-dozen that will decide the next presidential election. It could also be the state that will decide which party controls the House of Representatives, and which the Senate. It is a classic “purple state” – a blend of blue Democrats and red Republicans.
What Arizona’s supreme court ruled on Tuesday was, in effect, a total ban on abortion; it readopted the law from 1864 (yes, that is an 8 and not a 9) – before Arizona was even a state, before the American civil war had ended, and before women had the right to vote. A time when an abortion provider could look forward to up to five years in prison. It is as draconian a measure as has been taken anywhere since the overturning of Roe v Wade.
What makes this so radioactive for the Republican Party is that abortion will almost certainly be on the ballot in November. In US elections, you can get some of the longest ballot papers in the world, as you are asked to choose your preferred presidential candidate, your senator, your House representative, right down to who should be the town dog-catcher.
Now, voters are likely to have a proposition on abortion. And as has been seen in Ohio, Kansas, Kentucky – as well as in House races, such as New York – there are two effects: one, there is a higher turnout; two, it is manna for Democrats, who’ve made supporting a woman’s right to choose a cornerstone of their campaigning.
If you want evidence of the panic this has caused in Republican circles, I present to you exhibit No 1: Ms Kari Lake. She is an uber-Maga Trump supporter, and is Arizona’s Republican candidate for the US Senate in November. I met her last June in Miami, when she had come all the way to the courthouse where Trump was being charged with illegally keeping classified documents. She was offering herself to the US networks to say what an honest, upstanding guy he was.
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Luke_mu: On the reproductive rights issue, she has been crystal clear: two years ago she told an interviewer that abortion should be banned, that life begins at conception, that abortion pills should be made illegal, and that the law should go back to where it was in 1864.
So, was the former TV presenter dancing for joy when that was exactly what the Arizona Supreme Court decided? Er, no. Not even close. She issued a statement condemning the court decision, and urging the Democratic governor (oh the sweet irony) to find an “immediate common-sense solution that Arizonans can support”. In other words: please save my political skin by doing something – anything – to stop this from aborting my bid for office.

For 50 years, conservative and Republican groups have dreamed of getting rid of federal abortion laws. Now they’ve got it, they don’t know what to do with it, like the dog that catches the car. Be careful what you wish for!!
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Big Toe
Big Toe: Republicans cannot be trusted as evidenced by their playing politics in Congress with funding for military aid to Israel. Democrats have skillfully convinced anti-Israel factions that they care about Gaza while they continue to do the right thing and vote to continue aid to Israel. Americans who support Israel must defeat the MAGA crowd and elect Democrats like President Biden and Kamala Harris who have promised ironclad support to Israel in their fight against terrorism. Ultra MAGA Republicans cannot be trusted to continue needed support to Israel. Americans must remember that when it is time to vote.
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happensnow88
happensnow88: When folks get angry about Trump, they forget that His definition of "make America Great" is to give to the nice anti-Christ Israelis everything they want.

As for abortion (killing babies) most Yankees love killing babies in other countries. Yanks should be happy to have more babies, that way they can get rid of the opposition more easily.
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happensnow88
happensnow88: Republicans cannot be trusted. The Neo Conartist republicans wrote a report calling for a "New Pearl Harbor" so as to expand profits for arms makers, that they owned stock in.
A Black Congresswoman, Cynthia Mckinney confronted Rumsfield about the 6 trillion $'s missing and He refused. Then they spent big money to make sure she did not come to
Congress again.
The entire 9/11 thing and the war on Iraq was all fraud, and the stupid, deluded Yankee public bought every bit of it.
The Secretary of State, stated that killing a million children was worth the price. Most so called Americans love all these wars and the more vicious those wars are, the more they like it.
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Big Toe
Big Toe: Only good terrorist is a dead terrorist is the policy of so-called Americans.
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happensnow88
happensnow88: If that is USA policy, why does USA conduct so many terrorist activities?
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Big Toe
Big Toe: The USA conducts anti terrorist activities only after terrorists have acted. Palestinian terrorists attacked Israel last October 7 and are now paying the price. Many many Palestinians would still be alive If Palestinian leaders had not attacked Israel....deal with it
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martyontario
martyontario: Did u hear Trump has gone totally insane. He things Biden is out to kill him. He has totally lost his brains. He should he put away in a mental institution. The Who Republican Party is wacko. I love watching Trump and his Maga Morons majestic these totally loony comments. Lol
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Luke_mu
Luke_mu: @ martyontario … unfortunately for the rest of us TRUMP has just as loony followers!
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martyontario
martyontario: Here in Canada we all just get our kicks watching him act like a nutcase. Funny thing is, he might win. Lol. Truth is stranger than fiction.
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happensnow88
happensnow88: Maybe Trump ought to make His speeches sexier. Maybe sex can be a big draw for watching
all the political bla bla bla.
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martyontario
martyontario: Trump is a perv
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happensnow88
happensnow88: Most of Congress is probably perverts.
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happensnow88
happensnow88: Big Toe Wrote: Only good terrorist is a dead terrorist is the policy of so-called Americans.
Not so. The real Policy of USA is to terrorize and kill any nation that does not submit to the Talmudic dragon that controls USA.
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Big Toe
Big Toe: happensnow: Have you hid in any interesting tunnels lately? LOL
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happensnow88
happensnow88: Maybe Trump should be accompanied by 3 lucioius female body guards.
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happensnow88: I only hide in boring tunnels, Ha ha, but the dames are pretty good.
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martyontario
martyontario: Lock Trump in a brothel for 5 years. He can have a ball. His wife should divorce the dick.
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Big Toe
Big Toe: Democrats have a woman problem also......her name is Kamala Harris....
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happensnow88
happensnow88: How about having a King? As things are now, USA would have Herrod or the Prince of Gog wearing the Crown.
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martyontario
martyontario: Did you hear his Arizona speech the other day? Holy 💩. Ranting about his shampoo and other nonsense that has no logic to it. The guy is s self centred cretin. Sir Biden is slow but he knows what he is doing and says the right thing. I was laughing so hard at Trump’s speech, I almost got a hernia.
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Big Toe
Big Toe: Glad you had a good laugh martyontario......but remember come election day, he who laughs last laughs best LOL....
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martyontario
martyontario: What do you call Jun Un and Putin having a meeting?

2 morons.

If Trump joins the meeting, what do you call it?

2 Morons and a bigger moron. Lol
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Big Toe
Big Toe: What do you call it if martyontario joins the meeting? 2 morons and a bigger moron and a supersized moron. Lol
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