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Watch: Dem. Pres. Contender Gillibrand Compares Pro-Life Beliefs to Racism

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The 2020 presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand is desperate. Very desperate.

Gillibrand is polling at or below 2 percent in almost every national poll. Other candidates are finding their voice while Gillibrand’s campaign is sputtering as it runs on the last of its fumes.

In an effort to raise her numbers from the ash heap, Gillibrand decided to do an interview with The Des Moines Register editorial board on Monday. But it did not go well for her. At least not from where I sit.

The New York senator actually compared pro-life ideology with racism.

Yes, the same philosophy that no innocent life is worth taking, the same philosophy that says God is the creator of all beings, the same philosophy that encourages personal responsibility and justice for unborn babies — that philosophy is, in Gillibrand’s mind the same as the atrocity of racism.

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Her statement came in response to a question about the impact of her stated willingness to impose a pro-abortion litmus test on all judicial nominees.

“I think there’s some issues that have such moral clarity that we have as a society decided that the other side is not acceptable,” Gillibrand said.

“Imagine saying that it’s OK to appoint a judge who’s racist or anti-Semitic or homophobic. Telling – asking someone to appoint someone who takes away basic human rights of any group of people in America, I don’t think that those are political issues anymore.”



Right, Kirsten. How could we, as a country, take away rights from any group of people in America? Oh. I’m assuming Gillibrand didn’t mean the hundreds of thousands of abortions that occur every year in America. It seems sickeningly clear that Gillibrand sees the sin of racism as the moral equivalent of killing an unborn baby.

And it’s clear because Gillibrand doubled down and actually said it.

“There is no moral equivalency when you come to racism and I do not believe there is a moral equivalency when it comes to changing laws that deny women reproductive freedom,” she said.

But what may be her most disturbing comment in the entire interview is when Gillibrand said that the religion of her political opponents has no place in political discussions or judicial decisions.

“And all these efforts by President Trump and other ultra-radical conservative judges and justices to impose their faith on Americans is contrary to our Constitution and that’s what this is,” Gillibrand said. “And so I believe that for all of these issues, they are not issues that there is a fair other side.”

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So not only does Gillibrand think the pro-life cause is the same as racism, she thinks it doesn’t even hold up to being considered as another side worth debating. To her, abortion is not an issue where there is “a fair other side.”

And that is the ultimate tactic of the left.

Refuse to engage on the merits of an idea. Claim the other side is so repugnant, so backward, so hateful, bigoted and selfish, that to even discuss an idea with them is to entertain lawless, immoral idiocy.

Let me be clear: We as conservatives must do better. We must engage. We must take our ideas to the forum and be articulate and prepared.

There is a path to persuasion, respect and civility.

But Gillibrand has chosen the path of division.

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G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal.
G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal and vice president of digital content of Liftable Media.

After graduating law school from the Cecil C. Humphries School of Law, Mr. Hair spent a decade as an attorney practicing at the trial and appellate level in Arkansas and Tennessee. He represented clients in civil litigation, contractual disputes, criminal defense and domestic matters. He spent a significant amount of time representing indigent clients who could not afford private counsel in civil or criminal matters. A desire for justice and fairness was a driving force in Mr. Hair's philosophy of representation. Inspired by Christ’s role as an advocate on our behalf before God, he often represented clients who had no one else to fight on their behalf.

Mr. Hair has been a consultant for Republican political candidates and has crafted grassroots campaign strategies to help mobilize voters in staunchly Democrat regions of the Eastern United States.

In early 2015, he began writing for Conservative Tribune. After the site was acquired by Liftable Media, he shut down his law practice, moved to Arizona and transitioned into the position of site director. He then transitioned to vice president of content. In 2018, after Liftable Media folded all its brands into The Western Journal, he was named executive editor. His mission is to advance conservative principles and be a positive and truthful voice in the media.

He is married and has four children. He resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
Birthplace
South Carolina
Education
Homeschooled (and proud of it); B.A. Mississippi College; J.D. University Of Memphis
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
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English
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Culture, Faith, Politics




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