Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher claims that Trump told a ‘dangerous lie’ this afternoon at the March for Life rally, regarding Ralph Northam’s comments that repulsed so many last year:
Trump then told perhaps the most inflammatory lie, one he has told several times before:
“Then we had the case of the Democrat governor in the state of Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and we love the Commonwealth of Virginia but what is going on in Virginia? What is going on? The governor stated that he would execute a baby after birth. You remember that.
Trump is referring to remarks that Northam made a year ago describing the live birth of an infant (not an abortion) that could not survive on its own outside the womb, and the medical care decisions that would be made in that case (not a decision on whether or not to “execute the baby”).
No, that’s wrong. Killing the baby is exactly what Northam was referring to when he said the doctors and the mother would then discuss decisions. Remember, the context of this was the legislation from Fairfax delegate Kathy Tran that she said would permit an abortion even as a woman is dialating and giving birth.
Watch for yourself:
Northam said specifically…
“If a mother is in labor – I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired. And then a discussion would ensue between the physicians & mother.
If you want to parse what Trump said for exactness, then no, Northam didn’t say that HE, himself would execute a baby after it was born. But Northam was defending this delegate’s legislation and saying that yes, the baby could still be ‘aborted’ after it was born, after delivery. Or to use Trump’s word, ‘executed’.
If Northam didn’t mean this, then why did so many Senators who heard this try to pass a new law that would protect a baby who was ‘born alive’? Are they stupid? Or is Tommy Christopher the one who is flailing, trying to paint what Trump said as a ‘dangerous lie’ when it was nothing of the sort. I’d go with the latter, but that’s just me.