Trump proved he either doesn’t know legislation facts or when childbirth occurs
During a speech at the March For Life anti-choice rally, Trump delivered one of his more notable flubs of late (until tomorrow, or the next day, or even the day after that — let’s get real here). Trump, marking another tally in his Reign Of Infamy by being the first ever commander-in-chief to speak at this particular rally, shared his disgust about babies who are born at full-term.
Yes, you read that correctly. The President of the United States of America declared that “in many states, the laws allow a baby to be born from his or her mother’s womb in the ninth month.” And followed that, uh, interesting fact by saying such a thing is “wrong” and “has to change.”
Just watch the video in the tweet below. This really happened.
“Right now, in a number of states, the laws allow a baby to be born from his or her mother’s womb in the ninth month. It is wrong. It has to change.”
Genuinely confused by this. (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/3FT8SCQY5V
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 19, 2018
One can only assume he meant to say “the laws allow a baby to be aborted” or “torn,” not “born,” which, regardless, is also extremely untrue. According to research and data compiled by the Guttmacher Institute a majority of states restrict later abortion — these are defined variably as abortions occurring once a fetus is viable or beyond 20 weeks post-fertilization or the third trimester.
Beyond acknowledging the truth based on facts and logic, the Twitterverse was quick to make light of Trump’s enormous faux pas. Because this is what our life is like now amidst the endless, insane news cycle.
I'm no expert but I honestly thought being born from your mother's womb in the ninth month was what we earthlings called… "birth". https://t.co/NZGaaFjfR9
— Michael Marshall Smith (@ememess) January 20, 2018
That’s kind of how childbirth works, yes https://t.co/e0G4XiiDU9
— second-wave feminist has-been (@andizeisler) January 19, 2018
The anti-choicers in the crowd probably really appreciated his vast knowledge on the subject, tbh.
Either our idiot President misspoke the lie that he was trying to tell, or he's legitimately telling us that he's about to outlaw birth in this country. https://t.co/bKwxkU40IE
— Farron Cousins (@farronbalanced) January 19, 2018
Look, at this point either of those options would not surprise any of us in the least.
That baby lobby is getting out of hand. They want the laws to change to give them the right to stay in the womb for an entire year! We must #resist !!— Kerry O'Donnell (@valkyrieskerry) January 19, 2018
Absolutely had it with Trump and all the men who understand nothing about us or our bodies and walk over our fundamental rights like so much dust on their shoes. Women, unite. See you @womensmarchlon rally on Sunday 21. #TimesUP on this shit. https://t.co/y6Qxj0m9G2
— Sophie Walker (@SophieRunning) January 19, 2018
But in all seriousness, having the leader of our country say such a thing — regardless of which way he meant it — is dangerous AF when you consider all the people who believe what he says. Especially considering only one percent of all abortions in the United States are performed after the second trimester, according to the most recent data from the CDC. Third trimester abortions are extremely, extremely rare and usually only occur when the life of the fetus or the mother is at risk.
Until his next mishap, I’ll just be sitting here, aghast at the fact that female reproduction and gestation remain a mystery to our POTUS.