The president’s embattled oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., just posted an anti-abortion tweet featuring an unattributed quote that is patently false: “An #abortion worker laughingly comments about late-term abortion: ‘They come out crying and looking for their mama.”
But the pièce de résistance of the entire tweet is how Don Jr. spelled “aisle” in “both sides of the aisle,” as if it were an island. Not only is the quote that the First Son endorsed scientifically false, the page the tweet links to offers neither any context nor a source.
It is a “Defund Planned Parenthood” fundraising page for the American Center for Law and Justice “not-for-profit,” run by Trump lawyer, Jay Sekulow , who, like Trump Jr., is being looked at by Special Prosecutor Mueller’s team for his role in the alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. He is also being investigated authorities in two states for his nonprofit’s possible misuse of funds.
To make matters worse, the picture has nothing whatsoever to do with late-term abortions. It is in fact an Atlantic photograph of a premature baby.
Lucia Brawley is a Harvard- and Yale-educated writer, producer, actor, and political organizer. She runs the progressive political Facebook group Consenting to Lead. To learn more, please go to luciabrawley.com.