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John McCormack of The Weekly Standard:

When Ben Carson was rising in the polls, Donald Trump was quick to attack the former neurosurgeon for being “pro-abortion not so long ago.”

The attack was more than a bit hypocritical because Trump himself was “very” pro-abortion not so long ago. In 1999, Tim Russert asked Trump if he would support a ban on “abortion in the third-trimester” or “partial-birth abortion.”

“No,” Trump replied. “I am pro-choice in every respect.” Trump explained his views may be the result of his “New York background.” Now that Ted Cruz has attacked Trump’s “New York values,” Trump’s views on abortion will be getting a second look by many Republican voters.

During the first Republican presidential debate, Trump explained that he “evolved” on the issue at some unknown point in the last 16 years. “Friends of mine years ago were going to have a child, and it was going to be aborted. And it wasn’t aborted. And that child today is a total superstar, a great, great child. And I saw that. And I saw other instances,” Trump said. “I am very, very proud to say that I am pro-life.”

When the Daily Caller‘s Jamie Weinstein asked Trump if he would have become pro-life if that child had been a loser instead of a “total superstar,” Trump replied: “Probably not, but I’ve never thought of it. I would say no, but in this case it was an easy one because he’s such an outstanding person.”

That Trump could go from supporting third-trimester abortion–something indistinguishable from infanticide, something that only 14 percent of Americans think should be legal–to becoming pro-life because of that one experience is a bit hard to believe. If it’s true, the story still indicates at the very least that Trump is not capable of serious moral reasoning.

You can read the whole thing here.

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5 thoughts on ““Donald Trump Is Not Capable of Serious Moral Reasoning””

  1. Curt Day says:

    When we read the Scriptures about the love of money, we find that it is not a good trait to have. And perhaps, the love of money, more than one’s view of abortion, is the best indicator for how some is capable of moral reasoning.

  2. Cédric says:

    I just listened to Russel Moore talking Donald Trump on CNN, here is what Dr. Moore said:

    Donald trump gives people who are rightly scared – in many cases – the sense of confort and protection.

    Really?? Rightly Scared???? I don’t hear that in the words of Jesus or Paul. Is that a new Gospel?

    The United States is an unusually frightened country, and if conservative Christians don’t push
    back on this Sin of Fear, then I think they are part of the problem with respect to Mr Trump.

  3. R.Ford says:

    Good compilation on Trump’s “evolving” on an important issue, concerning yes. However, whatever the motive he has for making the shift he at least is now advocating pro-life as he self reports. Other politicians have typically “evolved” toward less conservative values.

    In terms of holistic coverage from TGC when will there be a similar article/blog on Hillary Clinton’s capability of moral reasoning. The last published article about her appears to be from Apr 2015 by Kevin DeYoung, addressing her remarks on marriage, an issue on which she has certainly evolved, moving away from conservative and traditional stances.

    Clinton has long made it clear that she is radically pro-choice and will be a staunch defender of Planned Parenthood if elected and will do everything in her power to secure abortion rights.

    What about her ability to reason morally?

  4. Joe says:

    I am not afraid. Nor are many people I know. But many are exhausted. And fed up. Which does not mean I support Trump — but does mean that given the slate I react negatively to being lectured to on the godliness factor of various candidates. Trump is a hot mess. Which leading candidate is not? The dripping disdain of established conservative organs speaks as much about them as it does him. Even if I do think Liberty University’s president at this point has close to jumping the shark. There… now I need to cease any politically-related comments until 2017.

  5. Mark Corbett says:

    I recently wrote two blog posts on why I don’t support Donald Trump based in part on Biblical principles I saw while studying and preaching through the books of 1 and 2 Kings. You may read the first post here:
    and the second one here:

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