Possible Trump VP pick says he supports abortion rights

by JAMES OLIPHANT | Reuters  |  published on July 11, 2016


Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, under consideration by Republican Donald Trump as a possible vice presidential choice, said on Sunday he favors a woman’s right to choose whether to have an abortion.

That stance places Flynn, the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, at odds with the official Republican Party position, which is firmly anti-abortion.

Asked about his position on abortion on ABC News’ “This Week,” Flynn, a registered Democrat, said “women have to be able to choose” and that women “have to make the decision because they’re the … ones that are going to decide to bring up that child or not.”

Trump, the presumptive Republican White House nominee, has said he will pick his vice president before the party’s nomination convention opens on July 18. Flynn has been an adviser to the Trump campaign since early this year.

The Washington Post reported on Saturday that Trump is becoming increasingly infatuated with Flynn, who ran the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2012-2014 under President Barack Obama, because he believes national unrest and the threat of terrorism may demand a “tough and steady” presence on the ticket.

  • kerijay

    We had a good constitutional and Trump destroyed him with lies as well as his opponents. I find it hard to believe in someone that lies as that is the democrat way. I pray for Trump that his intentions are for the constitution and not to finish his empire. I also would like it if he had the honor to apologize to Cruz. I don’t see him wanting to get rid of the IRS that the Clinton’s and this administration used against people that didn’t agree with them,

    I will vote for the republican nominee and pray for him. The democrats have caused this division by using the blacks and kids, it always about the kids and people fall for it. The Clinton ad running for Hillary working with Democrats & republicans to pass the healthcare for children isn’t actually true. It was Senators Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, and Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah and Clinton rejected it the first time but it passed after it was rewritten. She had very little to do with it.

  • Donnie Buchanan

    Murder in the name of birth control. What is needed is more self control. Why doesn’t the father have any say in this??

  • Born in the South and proud

    I have mixed feelings about abortion, but after being a foster parent for 20 years and to see what worthless people that have unwanted children do to them makes my blood boil. If you bother to check it out the few that are adopted are placed when babies, the rest become part of the system know as foster home shuffle and shelter children. There is no incentive for agencies to place children for adoption. The more kids in care, the more workers, more managers and more office space and more money for the agency. It’s sickening to watch it go on but the system is self fulfilling and the children are not the driving force.
    Trump 2016

  • Apostle Dr C Turrell

    I wonder if Trump has a brain? First of all a Democrat for a running mate.? Second, someone that believes it is okay too murder something in the wound. This man should not be running for a office at all if he is going to choose this person.,

  • edorr1atcoxdotnet

    Roe V Wade was affirmed by the US Supreme Court back in the ’60s because of danger of back alley abortions that were occurring in earlier days. If Roe V Wade were to be overturned I can guarantee you back alley abortions would return with deaths of many unless genuine doctors are performing them.

  • keepyourpower

    Yesterday, I said I was for this General, now finding how he thinks about abortion he is off my list. Too bad.

  • Timothy Thompson

    In like Flynn, what a great surprise and a wonderful potential VP. If Gingrich does not get the nod, I certainly hope he does, he’s super intelligent and frankly is probably over qualified to be VP but Trump needs someone within the circle of beaurocrats who knows his way around.

  • bygeorge

    Trump’s choice of VP will be……
    Imagine it at the GOP’s convention next week. The curtain rises, a hush decends over the delegates and there is Donald Trump, and standing with him….Ted Cruz.

    • Blue 3

      I think we’d win.

  • justinwachin

    The vice president needs to be someone who could become president if something happened. I don’t want a pro-abortionist waiting in the wings. As we have seen before, pro-abortion presidents pick pro-abortion judges.

    I think Donald Trump needs to pick a pro-life VP. I doubt Hillary would choose this guy for her VP. There are enough qualified Republicans that Mr. Trump doesn’t need to go VP shopping from the Democrat Party.

  • James Maxwell

    Personally I oppose abortion, for me it is a sin and hard to overlook I would rather see babies adopted and not murdered. But in the overall matter of restoring integrity, honor and morals to our nation and protecting American citizens form terrorist and other criminals I think he has the best background for foreign affairs. Currently out nation is in dire need of leadership that will restore our jobs, economy, morals and respect for our Constitution, Bill of Rights and laws. To that end we need a strong person who can look at this in an objective manner and follow the laws even if they do not always agree with them.

  • Dolores Adams

    Abortion is murder of innocent babies.

    • dmttbt

      Dolores it looks like you and your partner will not be around to have to pay higher taxes to support these children that you seem to be so worried about. What you are doing is cheap talk. Get a picture of what will be the future of these most likely crack babies. Food clothes school and all that goes along with it. Be practical, not ignorant as to what each of these children will require in the future and what they will produce.

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  • dmttbt

    Newt Gingrich would be the very best choice as vice president.

  • dmttbt

    I don’t give a rats a s which party the vice president belongs to. I do support him on the woman’s right to choose. First they should have chosen not to risk getting pregnant, but that window has passed. I would rather they choose to abort the fetus, rather than the adoption process, which like all other government ruled operations is a night mare and is corrupt like everything else ruled by our govt. In this day and time with all the items made available, there is really no reason for an unwanted pregnancy. We have possibly 60 million illegal immigrants in this country and the reason they are here is because where they come from is so bad. That does not mean we should grant them refuge in this country. We have a govt that says there was no inflation in 2015 and at the same time says we need a raise the minimum wage to $15.00/ hour to keep up with inflation. We are 19 trillion dollars in national deficit when in 2008 we were 9.6 trillion.
    We have a govt saying one thing and doing something else. I do not vote for republican or democrat because they are a member of a certain party and they have shown over, and over that it makes no difference. I will vote for Trump because I see him as our only resort. They all belong to the organized crime party and they could not care less what is good for the American people. Party politics is a game we don’t even want to play. Neither is what they say they are.
    Our govt says we need t be like the British and have more Muslim people, have you noticed the other countries that have been the victims of suicide bombers? No we do not want to be like them and have parts of our country occupied by the Muslim and not allow us into parts of our own country. You don’t see people trying to escape the United States and go to Mexico. However that might become the alternative to what we have now. We have all the Mexican people and they have all the American jobs in Mexico.

    • dmttbt

      The increase in 7 years in the national deficit is 97.92%

    • keepyourpower

      That is murder.

    • Born in the South and proud

      Amen

  • 7papa7

    This is a slap in the face to ALL republican and conservative generals. Why in the world would he pick a democrat for a potential VP running mate?? This may very well push the fence sitters in the wrong direction and give the hildabeast the votes she needs for victory. What trump is saying is that there is no conservative general who is qualified for the position. That is about the biggest insult I can think of to some of the great conservative generals.

    • Shelly Shannon

      I really doubt that is going to happen. Trump knows there are others that will fit the bill just as well. My bet is on Newt despite his baggage, and that is old, old news. I think the media has made this out to be more than it is. I wouldn’t doubt that trump might bring him back into the fold but not as his VP.

      • 7papa7

        I think it is probably between Gingrich and Pense. Both good men. I would be very disappointed if it was Christie.

        • MyRoseHasTHORNS

          I doubt it will be Christie, they usually don’t like to both be from the same area -it puts voters off-and NY/NJ might as well be from the same place.
          When GW Bush was running, Cheney moved his residence to Wyoming from TX.

          • 7papa7

            I agree but Trump has not done what would be expected from the beginning so that possibility does exist.

        • Shelly Shannon

          I wwould be disappointed also. Christie not a good option.

          • 7papa7

            True, I am sure that there are places in the administration for him though.

          • Shelly Shannon

            Maybe he would be a great secretary of defense.
            .

          • 7papa7

            Possibly. He needs to lay out all the positions needed to fill and all of those he want in his administration and then put the best person in each slot.

          • Shelly Shannon

            I think Trump is actually doing that now. I have a feeling the reason he is taking all these people to rally with him, it’s his way to tell us…These will be the people involved in my administration. I don’t think it’s so much of a VP thing. I think he’s already made up his mind on that. Possible?

          • 7papa7

            Possibly from what I have read he makes up his mind pretty quickly.

          • Shelly Shannon

            Yes he does, and I believe he knows already who it is. Did you hear that a judge ruled in favor for the “Never Trump” people. He ruled that Virginia delegates didn’t have to vote trump even if they were bound? I think this is a total injustice and betrayal to the American people who voted Trump into the nomination. I’m am so furious about this I can’t see straight.

          • 7papa7

            Heard about the judge, they should be recalled or impeached

    • Blue 3

      You know what’s pushing us away? Having to toe some extremist line over settled law. How many elections do you old Republicans have to lose before you figure out we young Republicans don’t care. We also don’t care about gay marriage. Abortion is a necessary evil. Our platform for years has been to limit it not eliminate it. What’s the point of it. Let go its over. I wish we had time to just allow you all to die off and move forward with common sense, but we don’t. Society is leaving you behind and you’re taking us down with you. Step away from the checkbook or step up. This country was designed around each persons right to choose their own path. You don’t have to like their path. I personally dont, and that too is my right.

      • Spunky387

        It is interesting to me that you mentioned that us “old” Republicans (I prefer Conservative, but whatever) should let the whole abortion debate go, because it is “settled law.” So was segregation. So was not allowing women to vote. Obviously, these were wrong, which is why people argued against them and eventually they were overturned. Under your argument, the blacks should have just accepted slavery, segregation, etc. because it was “settled law.” Women, apparently should have known that they were not intelligent enough to vote correctly, so they should have just let it go, because it was “settled law.” The 2nd amendment is “settled law” but Hillary says that the supreme court got it wrong and she wants to overturn the “Heller” decision. Gay marriage was “settled law” but they kept at it until it was legal. If you don’t agree with others, then fine, let’s have a debate, but to use a statement about it being settled law on abortion and also use as an example gay marriage, which was settled law shows why us “Old Republicans” don’t trust you yet, because that isn’t even a good argument. Blanket statements are the tools of Bloomberg, Obama and Hillary, not intelligent people. Not all of us that believe that Abortion is murder are “old” as you put it – we just have morals and values that dictate our lives and we try our best to live up to them, even though we sometimes fail.

        • Blue 3

          Very well said. I was just in the shower thinking about that. I’m so frustrated. Our platform creates more democrats than Republicans. Their coffers and ranks swell and we eat our own. It’s wearing me down. This total nonsense version of the great conservative doesn’t exist and could never get elected. We force these guys to bullshit us and then we call them RINOS and tear them down for it. I’m tired of being our own worst enemy.

          • Spunky387

            I absolutely hate the two party system! I want to vote my conscience, not the “lesser of two evils.” For me, the best way to force politicians into being better is to hold them accountable. Term limits on Congress and no exceptions for them – they have to have Obamacare and pay into Social Security, etc. If these are “good enough” for us, then they should be good enough for those that force them upon us. I want them to serve for a maximum of 8 years and then return to their jobs to live under the laws that they passed. Maybe then they would pass better laws. That doesn’t help with the president, as they already have term limits, but maybe they would be more apt to work with each other to better this country if everyone was subject to the same rules and laws. We will never have a perfect candidate, but hopefully, we can get better ones from all sides.
            I really don’t think that either the Dems or the Repub leadership care too much about the elections, as they still have their jobs. It is all a game to them, which is evidenced by their attempts to keep outsiders out. Trump and Bernie were the outsiders. Trump beat the system and Bernie didn’t due to the “Super Delegate” B.S. I don’t like Bernie’s politics, but it does piss me off that he got screwed by the system. I don’t like Trump either, but part of me is happy that he did manage to beat the system at least on the Republican side. If we lose this election, I can’t fathom the damage that Hillary will do, but win or lose, hopefully the whole system will be forced to change.

        • 7papa7

          Beautifully put, I couldn’t agree more with you. I just don’t waste my time with moronic statements like Blue 3 babbled. It is a waste of good time. He is no republican based on the fact he is against all the we stand for. He sounds like a very very hard core leftist, right in the gutter with the hildabeast and the terrorist in chief. Just another drone.

          • Blue 3

            No I’m tired of people with pensions pontificating to us. My generation has no future and you have no answers.

    • Anouk

      You have to be more open minded papa. We live in a different time and we have to go with progress.
      I am a conservative woman and believe women should have the freedom of their own bodies to do what they want.
      But…I also believe with the help of contraceptives women shouldn’t be pregnant if they choose not to be.
      Be smart and prepare yourself before it is too late.
      Conclusion… Conservatives have to be more open minded if they want to have more votes.

      • 7papa7

        I will never be open minded when it comes to murdering the most helpless. It is NOT your body, it is entirely separate, It has everything separate. The only thing that you basically do is feed the baby and that happens until they reach there teenage years. Murder of the innocent is a disgrace to America and more importantly a slap in the face of God.

    • keepyourpower

      There is a wonderful Christian retired General, who just got fired from a University for standing up for his rights..and is well known in the political arena. He served in, I believe the Green Berets and other best of the best parts of the military.

      • 7papa7

        That’s right, I remember the incident but I forgot his name. Thanks for the reminder.

        • keepyourpower

          The college reinstated him after the college got so many calls about their PC attitude.

          • 7papa7

            I remember the uproar just hadn’t heard the conclusion. I guess now they will have to find some lie to get rid of him. They certainly wouldn’t want someone of the highest integrity and decency on their staff.

      • Shelly Shannon

        Really, who is that? I’de be interested to know more about him. Do you know his name?

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