By November 2016, there was no doubt that a Donald Trump presidency would not provide the best advocacy for women. While everyone remembers that infamous Access Hollywood tape in which Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women, that was far from the first time Trump made it known that women’s issues were not exactly his primary concern.
For the first time since Roe v. Wade, America has a Pro-Life President, a Pro-Life Vice President, a Pro-Life House of Representatives and 25 Pro-Life Republican State Capitals! pic.twitter.com/EfF54tmetT
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2018
Although he didn’t mention what one through 10 number rating he would have given Susan B. Anthony’s looks, Trump gave a speech in front of her likeness and name at the Susan B. Anthony List gala on Tuesday. The gala is held annually at a gathering for an anti-abortion organization that lobbies lawmakers to restrict pro-choice laws that allow women the autonomy to make private medical decisions in consultation with their physicians.
In a press release for the event, the organization’s President Marjorie Dannenfelser praised Trump for his anti-choice views:
‘President Donald Trump is governing as the most pro-life president in our nation’s history and Susan B. Anthony List is honored to receive him at our annual Campaign for Life Gala. President Trump has diligently and successfully gone about fulfilling his promises to the pro-life voters who worked so hard to elect him, and it has been a privilege to stand with him to defend the innocent unborn.’
Past keynote speakers have included Vice President Mike Pence and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who share a notable difference with President Trump: there is no proof that either of them has unprotected sex with people other than their spouses.
Trump loves to play to his evangelical crowd, but that crowd seems to have forgotten when he refused to answer questions about whether or not he had ever paid for an abortion. They’ve also forgotten his jokes with Howard Stern about not having been excited to hear his first public mistress, Marla Maples, was pregnant and that he asked her “what are we going to do?”
No one at the gala was interested in asking Trump what he would do if the mistress he paid off, Stormy Daniels, had become pregnant, although she says that the two did not use birth control during their sexual encounters. No one asked that same president about his alleged affair with Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, who also says no birth control was used during her affair with the very married Trump. Somehow, no questions were asked about the demand in the NDA that both women signed barring them from discussing not only the affair itself, but any paternity details, as well.
Instead, what the Susan B. Anthony List crowd cheered was a man who said on the campaign trail that he believed women faced with the most difficult and private decisions of her life who sought to terminate a pregnancy should be imprisoned. That crowd cheered that president on and praised him as one of their own.
The truth, however, is that Trump only became “pro-life” when it was politically expedient for him to do so, just as he only became a Republican when he found a convenient, racist crowd to play to with his Obama birther claims.
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