Sean Hannity, Fox News’ perpetual Donald Trump apologist, took to Twitter earlier this week to beg conservatives to “UNITE” behind the billionaire if he wins the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. His plea came on the very same day that Trump actually answered a hypothetical question by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that hinged on 1973’s Rov v Wade being overturned and state legislatures then rushing to outlaw abortion.
Trump said there would have to be “some punishment” for women who had abortions under this magical scenario from every Planned Parenthood executive’s worst nightmares.
Writers like yours truly have said for years that principled and articulate conservatives are the key to changing American culture in ways that will reinvigorate the Republican Party. Meanwhile, guys like Sean Hannity now find themselves “uniting” behind a guy with no core principles — a guy who just says whatever pops into his mind at any given moment — who just gave an abortion answer that is worse than former Missouri Rep. Todd Akin in 2012.
For those who don’t remember, Mr. Akin said women’s bodies have a natural defense against rape that prevents them from getting pregnant under such circumstances. Democrats used that to bolster their bizarre “War on Women” campaign — as if all Republicans actually held such an embarrassing opinion and secretly hate their wife, sisters, grandmothers, etc.
Hillary Clinton, who spent a lifetime trying to destroy the reputation of every woman who had an affair with her husband or accused him of rape, is now exploiting Trump’s abortion answer as expected.
She told Business Insider on Friday:
“I think you have to take him at his word. And I think what we heard was a very unvarnished view that he has, and I for one have been very vocal in criticizing him and criticizing the other Republicans who are now embarrassed that he said what they all believe.”
Trump’s response is in many ways worse than Akin’s because he is the Republican front-runner for the 2016 presidential nomination. The media portrayed some random goof congressman from Missouri as the poster boy for the Republican Party in 2012, and now it gets to do the same thing with a man who could legitimately be the presidential nominee.
Who do we have to thank for all of this? There are many people who have brought us to this point, but it cannot be denied that pundits like Sean Hannity — who never saw an indiscretion by Trump that he couldn’t smooth over — shoulder a good chunk of blame.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go back to waiting for someone to ask Hillary Clinton a hypothetical question about the Second Amendment. I was hoping Chris Matthews would ask her how she would react if the Second Amendment was magically repealed tomorrow and states like California outlawed all guns.
Maybe Chris Matthews will ask her if she would support penalties for Californians who purchased guns anyway. Or not, because Democrats are almost never asked stupid questions like that.