At the Values Voter Summit, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway referred to her boss as “the most faith-centric, pro-life president in our lifetime.”
Now, even President Donald Trump has publicly stated that he went through an evolution of sorts when it comes to the subject of abortion.
Trump said publicly that abortion was a woman’s right in the late 1990s, but in 2011 said that he had become pro-life. In 2015, he again said that his position on abortion, much like President Ronald Reagan’s, had evolved.
But despite the fact that he has stood up for pro-life causes both during his campaign and since his inauguration, critics dug deep and pulled out a 2005 (six years prior to his public “conversion”) interview to prove his hypocrisy on the pro-life issue.
During the interview in question with radio and MTV shock jock Howard Stern, Trump could be heard bragging about the fact that his then-girlfriend Melania could be trusted absolutely to take her birth control every day.
Trump: She’s on the pill.
Robin Quivers: You know, you fell for that one time before.
Trump: I did, that happened. “Darling, I’m so happy, we’re about to have a child.” I said, “Excuse me? I didn’t know about this.”
The unplanned pregnancy Trump mentioned involved the woman he would later marry, Marla Maples — the unborn child was his daughter, Tiffany.
And Trump said later on in that same interview that he had asked Maples one question: “What are we going to do about this?”
That question, according to Trump’s critics and MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell, could only be interpreted one way: What Trump was really doing was demanding that Maples abort his child.
But when one considers the fact that, at the time, Trump and Maples had not yet married (they tied the knot in December 1993, when Tiffany was 2 months old), could that question not have also meant, “Well, do you think that maybe we should get married then?”
And even if he was suggesting the idea of an abortion, does that somehow negate his later evolution in terms of his own personal values?
You can watch O’Donnell’s “takedown” of the Stern interview below, via MSNBC: