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In Wisconsin Trump Hits the Limit of His Stream of Consciousness Campaign

After the March 3 Republican Debate in Detroit CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie observed that only two Donald Trump Playboythings could defeat Donald Trump; a united conservative movement or Donald Trump. 

As Mr. Viguerie observed:

“The Washington D.C. Establishment, including Democrats, Republicans and the establishment media, lack credibility with Republican votes to halt the rise of Trump even as he threatens their power and control.  In fact, each time the establishment (especially the establishment media) attacks Trump, it drives his support higher.  Only the conservative movement has the credibility to attack and define Trump.   

“…Donald Trump is perfectly capable of destroying his own campaign or at least doing serious damage to his prospects by not being presidential in his rhetoric or actions.  But so far his childish bickering and other un-Presidential actions (including actions that indicate he could not only be irresponsible, but dangerous to conservative ideas of constitutional liberty) have not taken the wind out of his sails.” 

“Conservatives at the national, state and local levels have a responsibility in the time remaining to stop Donald Trump by exposing his anti-conservative record.” 

Up until this past week it looked like neither one of those conditions was going to be met, and it also looked like the math of delegate accumulation was beginning to favor Donald Trump so heavily that the Republican presidential nomination was within his grasp. 

Then came Wisconsin and a series of gaffes, rookie campaign errors and meltdowns that far exceeded the high standard Mr. Viguerie set for Trump to implode his own campaign. 

The arrest of Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski for grabbing a female reporter, and Trump’s ridiculous attempts to lie and tweet Lewandowski out of the rap in the face of clear video evidence that he did indeed grab Michelle Fields drove Trump’s already-underwater numbers with women even lower. 

But Donald Trump hit the limit of his stream of consciousness campaign with the truly bizarre statement that women who have an abortion should somehow be punished if abortion is illegal. 

Here’s the transcript of what Trump said in the exchange with Chris Matthews:

“I am pro-life,” Mr. Trump said after a few attempts. Asked how an abortion ban would be put in place, he said, “You go back to a position like they had where they would perhaps go to illegal places. But you have to ban it.” 

Finally, Mr. Matthews asked Mr. Trump, “You’re about to be chief executive of the United States. Do you believe in punishment for abortion, yes or no?” 

Mr. Trump responded: “The answer is there has to be some form of punishment.” 

“Ten days?” Mr. Matthews asked. “Ten years?” 

Mr. Trump replied: “I don’t know,” adding, “It’s a very complicated position.” 

Yes, Donald, it is “a very complicated position” and one that conservative ethicists and legislators have been thinking about and refining for the more than 40 years that have passed since the Supreme Court betrayed the Constitution and made Roe v Wade the law of the land. 

As our friend Rod Dreher of The American Conservative put it, “This is how you know Trump hasn’t thought about abortion for more than five seconds, much less has had contact with the pro-life movement. Almost everybody in the pro-life movement rejects the idea of punishing women who abort their children.” 

But to Donald Trump it seems that nothing moves or accretes to human knowledge unless it happens inside the mind of Trump in real time. 

Bad as Trump’s week was on the policy and campaign management front, what may be the most important development in the Republican presidential campaign to date is happening on the ground in Wisconsin. 

There, the conservative movement, led by longtime talk radio star Charlie Sykes and local conservative leaders, have come together behind Senator Ted Cruz and in opposition to Donald Trump. 

“Sykes has had a big hand in creating Scott Walker and Ron Johnson, who was a nobody,” Matt Batzel, executive director of the conservative advocacy group American Majority Wisconsin told POLITOCO’s Eli Stokols. 

Ted Cruz now holds a 10-point edge over Trump here, according to a Marquette University poll released Wednesday. “Sykes is one of the leading factors, if not the leading factor, as to why Cruz is surging,” said Mark Graul, a GOP strategist here who oversaw George W. Bush’s 2004 Wisconsin campaign. “The trusted, respected conservative voices in the state have been anti-Trump from the start, and they’ve become very pro-Cruz in the last few weeks.” 

“All the different factions within the conservative coalition have gotten on board in the past,” said Graul according to Stokols. Trump, said Graul, “threatens that unity just with his tenor and tone, and because none of us who value conservative principles really know what he stands for.” 

Charlie Sykes, like many movement conservatives, is deeply unsettled by Trump’s appeal and the existential crisis laid bare for conservatives and the party they have long called home. 

In a blog piece we wrote months ago outlining why he would refuse to support Trump as the GOP nominee, calling the candidate a “cartoon character” of every left-wing stereotype about Republicans. “I’ve spent decades defending Republicans, trying to convince people that conservatives are not racists, that we’re not misogynists,” he said. Trump’s campaign “upends everything.” 

Charlie Sykes is right, we urge conservatives in Wisconsin to unite behind Ted Cruz and vote for Cruz in Tuesday’s Wisconsin Republican primary election.

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Plot to Stop Trump is a Conspiracy against Mr. Trump and the Vot

To say that Women should not be punished if they acquire an aboortion if it is illegal and illegal for a physician to be performing the abortions period ..YES they should be punished for the murdering of babies in America! the physicians should be arrested and punished too if it is being used for "Birth Control!" Women of America who are mad about not being able to keep
their legs spread and make Citizens pay for their sexual encounters are plum
out of sorts crazy..Seniors, Veterans, and the Poor have to pay for alot of their medicines and let the "Drawless Ladies of America spreading their legs pay for their birth control meds and abortions unless it is rape and they better be able to prove it!!!"

Punishing the Mother

In order to elicit the rationale for not punishing the mother, please respond to this.

The mother knowingly produces the baby,
the mother knowingly engages in an illegal abortion,
yet somehow the mother is only a victim and is not criminally responsible. Why Not?

The illegal act could not possibly take place without the mother's willing participation.

To feel sorry for the mother and absolve her from any responsibility for knowingly engaging in a criminal act, plays into the destructive Liberal doctine of "everyone is a victim and not responsible for anything they do."

Should we forgive any and all criminals because similar emotional circumstances?

A society can survive only if people are made responsible for their voluntary deliberate actions.

Responsibiliy

Your comment releases men from responsibility for unwanted pregnancies. Women, in case your mother didn't teach you the facts of life, can't impregnate themselves. You are a classic example of a misogynist. You have suggested no punishment for the father.Comparing a woman who has an abortion with a criminal shows what a woman hater you are. You are also lacking other major facts: you have ignored the Supreme Court with its majority of Republicans and Catholics upheld abortion as the law of the land.If there is any pity to be bestowed I feel it for you.  A person filled with hate must be very unhappy. 

Abortion Responsibility

The Supreme Court ruling is irrelevant. The hypothetical question was "if abortions were illegal". What is it about illegal that you don't understand? Break the law and you should have to face the consequences. Speeding, illegal immigrant, burglary, abortion etc, if against the law, there are punishments.

Abortion

Do you live in a cave on a desert island? Abortion is legal. The Republican/Catholic dominated Supreme Court confirmed it.

In response to the above,

In response to the above, these are exactly my thoughts. Prior to Chris Matthews' hypothetical question to Trump, I had never given a thought as to a woman's culpability, possibly due to the fact that I had been pro-choice for years. IF abortion were to become illegal, then, of course, not only the abortionist, but also the woman would be held accountable under the law. Sooo, Trump was right in his answer.