Trump Stays Silent on Planned Parenthood

Donald Trump (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)
Donald Trump (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

It’s been three days since the Planned Parenthood video dropped. Every single GOP presidential candidate has responded — by condemning Planned Parenthood, by calling for Congress to defund Planned Parenthood, or even by calling for a 20 week ban on abortion.

Every single one — except for Donald Trump. Why?

Donald Trump has quickly become a conservative hero with his brash speaking style and his willingness to address almost any issue aggressively. He’s been a hard-liner on immigration and foreign policy, but he seems unwilling to tackle the life issue.

Why is that?

Don’t forget — Trump has very little credibility on this issue.

In 1999, Trump told Tim Russert during an episode of “Meet the Press” that he did not support banning partial-birth abortion and that he was “very pro-choice.”

Here’s the video with the transcript:

RUSSERT: Partial-birth abortion. The eliminating of abortion in the third trimester. Big issue in Washington. Would President Trump ban partial-birth abortion.

TRUMP: Well look, I’m, I’m, very pro-choice. I hate the concept of abortion. I hate it. I hate everything it stands for. I cringe when I listen to people debating the subject. But you still, I just believe in choice. And again, it may be a little bit of a New York background because there is some different attitude in different parts of the country, and you know I was raised in New York and grew up and work and everything else in New York City. And I am strongly for choice, and yet I hate the concept of abortion.

RUSSERT: But you would not ban it or ban partial-birth abortion?

TRUMP: No, I would not, I would not, I am, I am very pro-choice in every respect and as far as it goes, but I just hate it.

If Trump has truly had a conversion and become pro-life, as he claims, he needs to step up and condemn Planned Parenthood, call for Congress to defund their entire $500 million per year budget, and support Sen. Lindsey Graham’s ban on abortion after 20 weeks.

If he’s not willing to do that, pro-life conservatives should run away from The Donald as quickly as possible.

Jon Schweppe is Deputy Director of Communications for American Principles in Action.

Jon Schweppe is the Director of Government Affairs for American Principles Project. Follow him on Twitter @JonSchweppe