Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of Sen. Chuck Schumer’s incendiary comments yesterday at the pro-choice rally was something other than the incendiary comments themselves.
It was what came after, regardless of whether you are pro-life, pro-choice, or in the middle.
An enthusiastic speaker took to the podium to seemingly celebrate women in the audience who’ve had abortions. She proceeded to chant a cheer, that after the dust settled from Schumer’s remarks, made rounds on social media.
“Let’s hear it for all the people who have abortions,” she declared.
"Let's hear it for all the people who have abortioooooooooons."
"Let's hear it for our trans folks who have abortioooooooooons!!!!!"
Apparently, "trans folks" aren't included in "all the people" I guess?
From same rally where Schumer threatened Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh. pic.twitter.com/aAojDGtLLn
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) March 4, 2020
I consider myself a liberal, & I’m pro-choice in cases of rape, incest and severe medical issues; this celebratory approach to abortion is horrifying to me. Aside from the moral quandary involved, do they not see the unpleasant optics of it? It’s a massive turnoff to moderates.
— Joseph Jones (@JosephJ38865915) March 4, 2020
Being pro-abortion = Bad
Cheering passionately for abortion = EVIL#life
— ??Old School?? (@marklindesr) March 4, 2020
As Philip Wegman of RealClearPolitics observed, the pro-choice cohort traditionally maintained that abortions should be safe, legal, and rare. Bill and Hillary Clinton used that very same language in their 1992 and 2008 presidential campaigns, respectively. Now, liberals have embraced a full-on, abortion-on-demand policy with no restrictions.
This would have been an anathema on the left in the 1990s when the abortion argument was “safe, legal, and rare.”
— Philip Melanchthon Wegmann (@PhilipWegmann) March 4, 2020
I’m pro choice and still disgusted by this trend of the last ten years or so. Whatever happened to ‘safe, legal and rare’? Why does it have to be celebrated? Why can’t it at least be something you’re reluctant to do?
— The Right Reverend M. Paul Roy (@likesoy) March 4, 2020
Was never about “safe, legal, and rare”, it was always and only about abortion on demand.
— Steve_Jacobson⭐⭐⭐ (@Steve_Jacboson) March 4, 2020
The pro-choice abortion also provided a forum for other radical statements, including those from Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib among others.
Millions of Americans may find themselves conflicted on the abortion issue, but matters related to sexuality formerly were handled privately, not on stage outside the U.S. Supreme Court building. Even for someone who is pro-choice, abortion is undoubtedly a heart-wrenching decision.
Schumer ignited controversy on Wednesday when he claimed at the rally that Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, Trump appointees, wouldn’t know what hit them if they affirm a Louisiana law in June Medical Services v. Russo that would restrict abortions to some extent by requiring abortion-providing physicians to have admitting privileges. Schumer’s comments drew a rebuke from President Trump as well as Chief Justice John Roberts, who deemed them threatening statements. Roberts’ response is notable in that back in 2012 as you might recall, he flip-flopped at the last minute and voted against striking down the Obamacare individual mandate.
As a sidebar to the Schumer spectacle, the Senate minority leader’s spokesperson claimed that the president spoke out of turn by calling for the recusal of liberal Justices Sonia Sotomayor (nominated by Obama) and Ruth Bader Ginsburg (a Bill Clinton nominee) from cases related to Trump administration policies. Sotomayor has previously accused her conservative colleagues of pro-Trump bias. In other words, it’s all Trump’s fault.
Today, Senate Majority Mitch McConnell, the architect of the successful Trump judicial nomination process, described Schumer’s remarks “unhinged” and “shameful.”
In the D.C. swamp, there are a couple of givens.
Abortion is great.
Obama-appointed judges who rule in favor of Obama-era policies are independent-minded jurists unaffected by ideology.
Trump-appointed judges are partisan actors motivated by ideology.
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