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Dozens of Pro-Family Groups Challenge Trump in Open Letter to Answer Tough Questions

Mr. Trump:

We, the undersigned, represent millions of pro-family Americans who are dedicated to a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished. As a national alliance with nearly 40 state-based organizations, we have invited you to participate in our Presidential Teleconference Series to share your views on the issues important to values voters. We have interviewed most of the leading candidates, but after several attempts, we have not yet been able to schedule such a call with you. Therefore, we direct the following questions to you on policy issues important to our constituents:


1. After years of describing yourself as “pro-choice in every respect” — even supporting partial-birth abortion — you now say that you are pro-life. Your explanation for this change of position – that a baby who was nearly aborted ended up being a “superstar” – is confusing, particularly since you acknowledged that if the child had been “a loser,” your pro-abortion position probably wouldn’t have changed. Please explain this utilitarian view of the sanctity of human life. Do you consider life only worth protecting if it meets certain criteria, and, if so, what are those criteria?

2. How do you square your new position on life with your statements in 2015 supporting continued taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion seller?

3. The next president is expected to nominate two to four U.S. Supreme Court justices, beginning immediately with the vacancy caused by the passing of Justice Scalia. These nominations will likely decide critical issues such as abortion. You’ve recommended your sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, for the High Court. Yet, as a federal judge, she overturned the New Jersey Partial-Birth Abortion Ban, writing that it “burdened a woman’s constitutional right to obtain an abortion.” How can we trust you to nominate judges who will respect the constitutional limits on judicial power and uphold the sanctity of human life?

4. You claim to support religious freedom, yet a leading gay-activist organization calls you “one of the best, if not the best, pro-gay Republican candidates to ever run for the presidency” – particularly because of your “standout position” when it comes to legislation that forces Christian business owners – and others of faith – to either betray their conscience or lose their business. How do you reconcile these contradictory positions?

5. You have built your campaign on lifting the economic outlook of lower-income Americans, yet you built your fortune in part on gambling, which preys on those very people. How will you make America great when you’ve run businesses associated with increased crime, bankruptcies, broken marriages and suicides?

6. The first casino in the nation to add a strip club was Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City, which boasts of “36,000 square feet of adult entertainment.” What would you say to young girls and women who are concerned about a president who is directly connected with the exploitation of women?

7. As someone who claims to be a fiscal conservative, how do you justify your statements in support of a huge tax increase and government bailouts. Regarding the bank bailouts, you even stated: “I do agree with what they’re doing with the banks. Whether they fund them or nationalize them, it doesn’t matter, but you have to keep the banks going.” Perhaps most concerning of all is your continued admiration for single-payer, government-run healthcare systems. Please explain how this is consistent with the party of limited government?

8. One of your favorite campaign themes is that you are going to “run America” if elected. Considering our system of checks and balances, and especially in light of the last seven years of government by fiat, how will you demonstrate your respect for the U.S. Constitution and the limited power the Founding Fathers intended for the federal government in general, and the executive branch in particular?

Mr. Trump, we look forward to your response to these, and many other questions, affecting the lives of American families nationwide.

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  • MikefromNC

    Trump’s response:

    …Pro life people love me. Because I’m pro life, I love life, life is a great thing. I have a great life and I’m great. So people love me and they love my life. So I love my life too. We can’t have people not loving life, that’s no good. So yes, I’m very pro life. I always have been. And I’m great. And people love me…

    Or something close to that.

    Every Christian needs to read this letter and have a long, hard “think” about their choices. And they need to do it quickly.

    CRUZ 2016!!!

  • SammysDad

    Trump will never answer these questions but it will expose him for what he is.

  • Dowhatsrigh

    People my gosh how stupid can you be not to see this is the “got you” kind of bull crap that the power brokers of the GOP use to destroy a candidate that they want to eliminate. All you have to do is read the damn so called questions. There is no way in hell anybody can answer those questions with out their answers being turned and twisted to make the candidate look bad. The power brokers of the GOP want Jeff
    Bush as the Presidential Candidate because they owe a political debt to Jeff Bush. That is why Jeff Bush received 37 million dollars in campaign funds. If he had not received that from the power brokers he would have been out of the race already. If you look at this so called letter with thee questions, it become clear that the writers does not want any one that wants a better country. They only want someone that will kiss their ass and do whatever they want. In short what we have now.

  • Nels

    I don’t expect that Trump is going to give satisfactory answers to any of those questions. However, while we might get satisfactory answers out of some of the other candidates, we can be sure that none of the other candidates will give satisfactory performance. Any of the other candidates will deliver four to eight more years of status quo.

    Trump isn’t a presidential candidate, he’s a wrecking ball which may destroy the Republican Party, which has kept Christians from being an effective force in national politics for decades. He might also build a wall to keep out the illegals who are very close to assuring the liberals a permanent majority through demographic change. If we don’t solve that problem this election, we may never have another chance.

    Our choice right now is another pro-abortion Bush, or an ineligible Cuban-Canadian anchor baby, or Trump: a chance to break the Republican party’s stranglehold on the Christian vote. That last one is our chance to eventually, not this time but next time, elect someone who might not only say the right things, but do the right things. Any president could do what Andrew Jackson did (“the court has made their decision: now let them enforce it), or what the second Roosevelt threatened (pack the court to ensure an 11 to 9 decision in his favor). No president who is committed to the status quo, like a Bush, a Clinton or a Cruz, will do those things. Trump isn’t likely to take firm principled action for our causes, but he might clear the way for a third party that would run candidates who would.

    With Trump, the worst case is that we get four to eight more years of the same old disaster – just as we would with any of the Republican or Democrat alternatives. With Trump, and only with Trump, there is a chance for something a little better than that. So, whatever answers Trump gives, good or bad, he has my vote and is likely to keep it, not because he will be a great president but because he is likely to destroy business as usual and the Republican party which betrays America after every election.

    • reggiec

      Would you support Cruz if a legal ruling confirmed he was eligible to be president?

      • Nels

        If he were eligible, he might be a distant second choice. He has worked to expand H1B visas in the past, so he is on the wrong side of the immigration issue. He has some of the right enemies, but the enemy of my enemy is still an enemy, if he’s an internationalist, and Cruz definitely looks like an internationalist.
        Cruz claims to have been born in Canada. If Cruz has a Consular Report of Foreign Birth, he is an American citizen, and so might be a natural born citizen. Until we see the CRFB, we don’t even know whether he is a citizen at all. Cruz has presented a Canadian birth certificate, but has never presented a CRFB. He could put most of this eligibility issue behind him by presenting the CRFB, but has chosen not to – or doesn’t have one to present.
        I think your hypothetical legal ruling is ridiculously unlikely, given what we have to go on so far.