At this point, President Donald Trump is not a credible source for pretty much anything imaginable. On Friday, which was the first day of early voting in Virginia (and a handful of other states), Trump took to Twitter to insist that the state’s residents should vote for him because, he claimed, their Democratic governor supports “executing babies after birth.” No, the Virginia governor — whose name is Ralph Northam — does not support “executing babies.” It’s a sign of the president’s outrageous desperation that he’s made this ludicrous claim in the first place.
‘Voting starts in Virginia TODAY, and we are going to WIN. You have a crazy Governor who wants to take away your guns, which he will do without me in office. He is in favor of executing babies after birth – this isn’t late-term abortion, this is a step way beyond!’
…I’m playing for your guns, and I’m playing for your values. For all the Federal Employees in Virginia, remember, it was me that got you the Federal Pay Raises, not Sleepy Joe Biden. I’ll be having a Big Rally in Virginia, to be announced soon! https://t.co/WwzdPhDkAZ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 18, 2020
Again — no, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) does not support “executing babies.” This accusation is absolutely ridiculous, but it’s exactly the kind of unhinged, fact-free nonsense that the president seems to hope his supporters eat right up.
The allegation seems to stem from comments that Northam made in 2019 about then-pending legislation that would have eased some state regulations around late-term abortions. (The legislation would have kept the requirement for one doctor to conclude that the pregnancy would threaten the mother’s health prior to a third-trimester abortion.) When Northam discussed his support for easing restrictions, he made very clear that he was discussing only serious, health-threatening situations like those where there “may be a fetus that’s nonviable.” In other words, the fetus may have had to go on some kind of life support, and even that may not have been enough. Trump’s suggestion that Northam’s discussion of these sensitive situations in which families have to decide what to do about a fetus who might get stuck on life support or end up not even able to go on it means that he supports “executing babies” is absolutely deranged.
Trump’s other claims are also riddled with nonsense. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden does not support seizing guns, even the assault weapons that he wants to restrict. His particular proposal is to demand that those particular weapons get registered, with a concurrent option for a voluntary “buyback” by the government.
Check out Twitter’s response below: