In an August 3 interview with nationally-syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt, Donald Trump said he would shut down the federal government to defund Planned Parenthood, which spends approximately $1.5 million in federal funds every day to conduct abortions and related services. This was in response to the recent flap over videos that suggested that Planned Parenthood is profiting from the sale of aborted fetuses to companies dealing in human body parts.
Trump appeared to come closer to the Democrats on the issue of funding Planned Parenthood in an August 12 inteview with Chris Cuomo of CNN. Trump said “The problem that I have with Planned Parenthood is the abortion situation. It is like an abortion factory, frankly. And you can’t have it. And you just shouldn’t be funding it. That should not be funded by the government, and I feel strongly about that…” The real estate mogul continued, saying “What I would do when the time came, I’d look at the individual things they do, and maybe some of the individual things they do are good. I know a lot of the things are bad. But certainly the abortion aspect of it should not be funded by government, absolutely.”
“I would look at the good aspects of [Planned Parenthood], and I would also look, because I’m sure they do some things properly and good and that are good for women, and I would look at that, and I would look at other aspects also. But we have to take care of women.”
Speaking to Fox television personality Sean Hannity, Trump appeared to repeat his assertion that Planned Parenthood serves the purpose of advancing women’s health with Federal funding. “Maybe unless they stop with the abortions, we don’t do the funding [for other services],” said Trump. “There are many ways to do that, because I’m totally against the abortion aspect, but I’ve had many women, I’ve had many Republican and conservative women come up and say Planned Parenthood serves a good function other than the [abortion] aspect.”
In contrast, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said on August 12 that as soon as he takes office as president, he would seek to investigate, prosecute and end Federal funding of Planned Parenthood despite its claims of providing health services to women.
Writing at the conservative website BarbWire.com, Bryan Fischer wrote that Trump is “dangerously unpredictable.” Fischer wrote:
“The fundamental problem with Donald Trump is that he has no coherent moral or political worldview that I can detect. This makes him, to the average objective observer, dangerously unpredictable. He seems to make up public policy on social issues on the fly, launching them off the top of his head with little forethought, and then retooling them in mid-flight as he’s asked questions he quite literally never considered before.”
“Donald Trump has stayed at the top of the polls largely because America is hungry for a politically incorrect leader who speaks his mind and won’t back down. Unfortunately, Donald Trump isn’t that kind of leader with regard to Planned Parenthood. He’s bobbing and weaving. He was against funding before he was for it.”
Other conservative critics of Trump point out that the $550 million in taxpayer dollars paid annually to the Planned Parenthood abortion business comes under the auspices of family planning funding and technically cannot be used to pay for abortions, even while it thus allows Planned Parenthood to fund the promotion and provision of abortions. Pro-life advocates are saying that billionaire essentially wishes to continue the Federal funding of Planned Parenthood, even while he has recently changed his mind about abortion in practice.
For his part, radio host Hewitt has predicted that Democrat Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States. Speaking on a June 2015 podcast with Adam Carolla, Hewitt said of Clinton: “She’ll be 69 if she wins and I think she will – the presidency.”