Trump Derangement Syndrome has reached a disturbing new low.
Throughout Tuesday evening’s State of the Union handle, the president honored an simple hero — a form and caring New Mexico police officer who stepped as much as save a toddler about to be born, and her determined, homeless, opioid-addicted mom.
It was a three-hanky anecdote, made all of the extra very important as a result of it involved a drug-damaged, impoverished girl and the regulation enforcement officer who protected her, a person extra prone to be handled with contempt lately than with the respect and love he deserves.
The texture-good second didn’t final.
Inside hours, the onerous left acquired maintain of the inspirational story and mangled it right into a cautionary story about Republican misogyny, mistreatment of the poor and a handmaid pressured to breed in opposition to her will, human roadkill within the evil battle on medicine. No point out was manufactured from harmless youngsters maimed by medicine and parental neglect. It was dizzying.
It began when President Trump launched Ryan Holets, a 27-year-old Albuquerque cop, his spouse and adorably snoozing adopted toddler daughter. He advised how the lawman encountered a homeless girl, eight months pregnant, making ready to shoot heroin right into a vein. He stopped her.
When the officer “advised her she was going to hurt her unborn youngster,’’ stated Trump, “she started to weep.’’
He continued, “She advised him she didn’t know the place to show, however badly wished a secure residence for her child.’’
The cop “felt God converse to him,’’ stated Trump, and confirmed the mom-to-be a photograph of his 4 youngsters and spouse, Rebecca. The couple then supplied the “secure residence’’ that the pregnant girl craved for her child, taking within the little woman and naming her Hope.
A heartwarming, glad ending? Apparently not in Trump- and police-hating Bizarro World.
Writing in Slate, Christina Cauterucci declared that Trump’s phrases, “when you occurred to be solely half-listening, sort of sounded prefer it glorified a police officer for stealing anyone’s child.’’
And “the slippery ethics of this anecdote are a helpful crystallization of the ideas of the GOP, which treats ladies as mere instruments of replica.’’
In an opinion piece within the Washington Submit, Elizabeth Bruenig argued that holding the federal government cash spigot flowing is one of the best ways to unravel intractable societal ills, corresponding to drug use. And, in a spectacularly silly New York Occasions op-ed, Jennifer Weiner equated the case of the cop, the pregnant girl and the total syringe to the battle in opposition to abortion rights.
“In his State of the Union handle, Donald Trump advised us precisely who the modern-day abortion opponents are — and precisely what they consider ladies,’’ she started.
Professional-lifers, she wrote, “can argue that the one distinction between an embryo, a new child child, and a kidney affected person on dialysis is age, measurement, location and circumstance,’’ she wrote, apparently reasoning that the mom had no selection however to offer start (and possibly to make use of medicine).
She argued that Trump’s failure to say the mom by identify (neglect privateness) fuels the anti-abortion motion’s zeal to dehumanize pregnant ladies. Or one thing.
“As a way to make abortion unlawful, abortion opponents have to vary our minds,’’ she wrote. “They should get Individuals to imagine fetus or an embryo is identical as a child, solely smaller and mom doesn’t matter as a lot as that ‘pre-born’ child does. If, in truth, she emerges from their rhetorical sausage grinder as barely an individual in any respect, that’s all to the great.’’
And so, she perverted the officer’s lovely gesture into an assault on ladies’s rights.
Now, I’m a fierce champion of a girl’s proper to decide on abortion. It’s non-negotiable. And but, I’m not so blinded by hatred of the fitting to see that this has nothing to do with a sinister try and enslave ladies. The mom right here was clearly decided to offer start and to put her youngster in a steady, drug-free residence, which she did.
In an interview with CNN in December, the lady recognized herself as Crystal Champ, 35, who lived in a tent together with her companion, Tom Key, and suffered by way of continuous drug relapses. However Officer Holets didn’t hand over on her. He began a GoFundMe marketing campaign to boost cash for the couple, and reported that they entered rehab, and are doing effectively. Child Hope was born hooked on medicine, went by way of withdrawal, however is, blessedly, now gaining weight.
All this was achieved not by way of a authorities handout, nor the left’s fixation on supporting the mom’s rights — to get excessive, I suppose — however by way of the generosity of 1 household and of strangers.
This needs to be applauded, celebrated, copied. Not demonized.