You know, Donald Trump sure lacks a basic grasp of, you know, anything. For instance, the newly pro-life Trump believes the Constitution guarantees the Right to Privacy:
This is, of course, a problem, as the Right to Privacy was established by a Supreme Court case you may have heard of: Roe v. Wade. This is a little like saying you oppose segregation but believe “separate but equal” is acceptable legal doctrine; nobody who’s studied the abortion debate for more than a moment would make this mistake.
Naturally, the anti-choicers are dismayed by Trump’s response. And well they should be; I’d certainly question it if, say, Bill Gates announced he was running for president, said he was totally pro-choice, and also that there is no right to abortion in the Constitution.
But this won’t dent Trump, who has risen near the top of the GOP polls. Why? Because Trump is a one-issue candidate, and that issue is Birtherism. Donald Trump is a loud, obnoxious guy mouthing off about how Obama isn’t really an American because
he’s Black he wasn’t really born here, and that appeals to the Republican voters who hate Obama because he’s Black he wasn’t really born here. Trump’s appeal is all about racism, which is why he’s added Dreamsism to his Birtherism. After all, a Black person Obama couldn’t have really written a good book; t hose people can’t write he can’t write that well. He must have had a white person Bill Ayers write it.
This is Trump’s appeal. Now, I don’t expect Trump to stay viable for long; his personal baggage makes Newt Gingrich look like Mother Theresa. Eventually he’ll implode, and he’ll do so spectacularly. But his current high standing in the polls is further proof that a huge segment of the Republican Party is simply and resolutely racist, and willing to back anyone who will mollycoddle to them. For now, that’s Trump. One suspects the eventual nominee is watching, and learning, and that 2012 is going to be ugly indeed.