Trump changes his tune at anti-abortion rally

Brenika Banks

President Donald Trump continues his unconventional reelection campaign, exploiting every option possible to secure a majority of the American people’s votes this November. 

Trump is the first U.S. president to publicly attend and speak at an anti-abortion rally, amid his historic impeachment trials. This strategic move is unlike traditional behavior when compared to past presidents during their reelection campaigns.

Trump is expected to continue his presidential duties. However, it was unexpected to witness a president publicly displaying his stance on abortions at a pro-life rally, especially since his views on abortions have conveniently changed. President Trump spoke at the National Mall during the anti-abortion March for Life rally on Jan. 24. 

The rally was excessively populated by religious high schoolers and college students, who made their way to the nation’s capital. “Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House,” Trump said to the young audience. Slate online magazine pointed out how the demonstration functioned as a built-in rally for the president. The rally effortlessly summoned Trump’s supporters precisely a few blocks from the White House.

Trump firmly believes he can overturn the Supreme Court ruling which extended federal protections to abortion, The New York Times reported. President Trump was previously pro-choice, later shifting his view to pro-life when he planned to run for president, according to Quartz  news organization. NBC’s Meet the Press interview from 1999 quoted Donald Trump as he referred to himself as pro-choice, with no intention of banning abortion

He opportunely changed his stance when he considered running for office against former President Barack Obama back in 2011, Quartz also reported.

Trump persistently evaluates how many more supporters he can gain when he caters to conservative, religious voters in the country. 

He has mastered how to maintain and increase his supporters, doing everything in his power to acquire a second term in the White House. Evangelical and other religious Christian followers are enjoying this historical moment, in hopes that abortions will be banned across the nation, as well as Trump remaining president for another four years. 

When comparing abortion stances of President Trump to former President Bill Clinton, who can relate to undergoing an intensive impeachment trial, their views completely differ. “Abortion was a big issue in 1992 — the right to choose. I was one of the first pro-choice Democrats to run since Roe v. Wade, who actually benefited from Roe v. Wade,” said Clinton during his visit at Georgetown University Law School this past October, as reported by ABC. 

Clinton was public about his pro-choice stance, defending the constitutional right by supporting abortions that are “safe, legal and rare.” No man should be able to influence changing a major human right for his own, selfish political gain.