“It wasn’t my fault that the Republicans didn’t live up to expectations in the MidTerms. I was 233-20! It was the “abortion issue,” poorly handled by many Republicans, especially those that firmly insisted on No Exceptions, even in the case of Rape, Incest, or Life of the Mother, that lost large numbers of Voters. Also, the people that pushed so hard, for decades, against abortion, got their wish from the US Supreme Court, & just plain disappeared, not to be seen again. Plus, Mitch stupid $’s!”
Donald Trump, scoring a rare (even for him) unethical Trifecta on Truth Social
No, Trump’s Ethics Quote of the Week yesterday was in a different category: Ethics Alarms “Ethics Quotes” are reserved for statements that raise ethical issues (in that case, is it responsible for a former President to express himself like an 8th grade playground bully?) but are not per se unethical in themselves. His latest is an unethical quote, and remarkably so.
It begins with a whiny, Bart Simpsonesque “I didn’t do it!” lament; this was typical of Trump as President (to be fair, also Biden and Obama) as he habitually refused to accept responsibility when his actions backfired, but wanted all the accolades when his policies worked. (Incidentally, this is a common CEO mindset. My boss at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce once said that may job was to make him look good: when I did well, he would take credit, when i failed, it was all on me.) Trump is being substantially blamed for the failure of the “Red Wave” to materialize, and rightly so. His incessant complaining about the 2020 election allowed Democrats to make the mid-terms about him rather than their own miserable management, and his endorsements helped inflict enough weak Senate candidates on the GOP—like Herschel Walker and Dr. Oz—in winnable races that what should have been a new Republican Senate stayed Blue. Trump wasn’t solely at fault, but he shares a large chunk of the blame. Next eh engages in deceit, a specialty: many of the candidates he endorsed won, nut most were in safe districts where they would have prevailed anyway. Those 20 losses were mostly winnable races, and crucial ones that could have been won if Trump had just kept his trap shut for two years.His abortion argument demonstrates (again) that Trump doesn’t know an ethical principle from a Brazil nut. If the point of opposing abortion is that it involves taking an innocent human life, the details of how the life came to exist is ethically irrelevant. Trump’s position accepts the proposition that matters completely outside the control of an unborn child can justify ending that child’s right to live. If one factor can justify killing a fetus (an individual human being on the way to life outside the womb), isn’t the acceptance of another factor (like, say, “I won’t look good in my prom dress!”) just a matter of priorities and opinion? Meanwhile, how many GOP candidates advocated banning abortions even when the mother’s life was at risk? That’s a different ethical calculation entirely.
And Trump’s claim that pro-life voters didn’t show up to vote is just an unsupported opinion, even more unsupported than his “I was robbed!” claims.
Ben Domenech at the Spectator calls this latest outburst, Trump’s “first significant political error of the 2024 nomination battle.” He apparently has spent the last few months in a cave. Attacking and threatening Ron DeSantis was a major gaffe, and his suggestion a month ago that the Constitution should be “terminated” to cancel the 2020 election results was signature significance for someone who shouldn’t be allowed in the White House without a ticket.