Calling Donald Trump’s mouth a lose cannon may be the most obvious statement of this election cycle, but it continues to be confirmed nearly every single day, earlier this week being no exception. In an interview with MSNBC, Trump had this to say regarding his plan to ban abortion: “You’ll have to go back to a position like they had, where people perhaps will go to illegal places, but you’ll have to ban it.” When questioned further he elaborated saying “The answer is there has to be some form of punishment for the woman.”
The same network that Trump made his comments to had immediate interviews with Secretary Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders, who both were diametrically opposed to Trump’s idea. Senator Sanders had this to say when asked for his thoughts on the manner, “harmful is understanding that position… For me, women have a right to control their own bodies. To punish a woman for having an abortion is beyond comprehension.” His sentiments were echoed by Secretary Clinton, who even called Trump’s comments unconstitutional. “This kind of inflammatory, destructive rhetoric is on the outer limits of what’s allowed by the Constitution. This right could be taken away, and that’s why the stakes couldn’t be higher.”
In giving Donald Trump constant attention, it hands a free pass to Senator Ted Cruz to not be questioned for vitriolic policy. While Cruz may not go as far as to say women should be punished, he is in favor of capital punishment for any doctor who performs an abortion, a stance hardly discussed today. In late January, Cruz called marriage equality and transgender rights representative of a “time of crisis” in our country. Cruz’s comments were not touched on by the Trump-crazed media, who instead covered a tweet referring to Megyn Kelly as “a bimbo.” Focusing entire news cycles on Donald Trump tweets outrages so many conservative voters that there is a very real movement to have a contested convention and elect anyone but Trump, including electing a president who wishes to step back any progress towards sexual and gender equality accomplished by the current administration.
Secretary Clinton attempted to focus attention on the policy of the other GOP candidates saying “Call out Donald Trump for what he said, but also the Republican party for more or less agreeing with him,” but she immediately returned to attacking Trump and failed to mention exactly how close his party is to agreeing with Trump’s most aggressive ideas. Senator Sanders also expressed his frustration at the media for giving attention to Trump he makes outlandish claims and ostensibly giving him free advertisement, but just like Clinton, he did not make any explicit mention of any other Republican candidate but Donald Trump.
Network news agencies have admitted that they do not care about reporting on Ted Cruz’s beliefs because those stories do not make as much money for the networks even compared to broadcasting an empty Trump podium. Les Moonves, the president and CEO of CBS, went as far as to say “it may not be good for America, but it is good for CBS.” Trump may bring in more money, but with 24 hours of nonstop reporting there is enough time to focus on the statements both candidates make. When states like North Carolina are aggressively rushing bills through their senate that discriminate against transgender citizens, it is not enough to focus on one candidate’s dangerous beliefs, we need to focus on all candidate’s dangerous beliefs. It’s time to hold not only Donald Trump, but also Ted Cruz accountable for their words.
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