Friday, March 11, 2022

Into Trump And Herself

The offensive joke comparing rape and bad weather, "If it's inevitable, just relax and enjoy it," was made in 1990 by the Republican candidate for governor, Clayton Williams. Williams, partly as a result, then lost the election to Ann Richards.

Alas, his spiritual heir, Donald J. Trump, who once bragged of sexual assault "[W]hen you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything." has been far more successful. Trump went on to win a presidential race he had been losing and now is clearly the leading GOP candidate for the party's nomination in 2024.

That shows us how far we've come- backward, in some sense- in the last 32 years.  There are reasons for this, and here is one of them:


McDaniel (whose maiden name, dropped at the request of President Trump, is "Romney"), had her reason.  “I’m only the second woman to be RNC chair, Kellyanne [Conway] the first to run a successful race," she told her guy.

Lest we forget, in only his first year as President, Trump had

already decimated reproductive rights and access to family planning in the U.S. and around the globe. He reinstated and massively expanded the Global Gag Rule, restricting $8.8 billion in U.S. foreign aid funding for international health programs that provide or even mention abortion. He defunded the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), a global maternal health organization that provides contraception and pregnancy care to low-income women in 150 countries. The group had relied on U.S. money to help to prevent 295,000 unsafe abortions ― a leading cause (13 percent) of maternal deaths around the world.

He wasn't done in being so great to women.  In March of 2019 the Administration

issued its final draft of a rule that makes sweeping changes to Title X, the federal program that provides birth control and other reproductive health services to millions of low-income Americans.

Under the new rule, posted Friday by the federal Department of Health and Human Services Office of Population Affairs, any organization that provides or refers patients for abortions is ineligible for Title X funding to cover STD prevention, cancer screenings and contraception. Federal funding for abortion already is illegal in most cases.

However, President Trump gave Romney McDaniel an excellent job. So he has been "great to women," or at least to one woman.

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