WATCH: Democrat lawmaker wishes for Trump Jr.‘s death: ‘His mother should have aborted him’
MONTGOMERY, May 3, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The Alabama Democrat lawmaker who rose to national infamy this week with a defense of abortion that admitted the procedure “kill[s] kids” doubled down in response to criticism by Donald Trump Jr., declaring that his mother “should have aborted” the presidential son.
Amid the debate over the Alabama House of Representatives’ passage of a bill to criminalize nearly all abortions, Democrat state Rep. John Rogers launched a defense of abortion that shocked many with its candor.
“Some kids are unwanted, so you kill ‘em now or kill ‘em later,” he said. “You bring ‘em in the world unwanted, unloved, then send them to the electric chair. So you kill ‘em now or kill ‘em later.” He also argued that “some parents can’t handle a child with problems,” because “it could be retarded. It might have no arms and no legs.”
Rogers, who identifies as a “personally pro-life” Catholic, claimed in a follow-up interview that he is “very much against abortion” but “can’t force my belief on nobody else,” and claimed his comments were an attempt to highlight the supposed double-standards of pro-lifers when it comes to valuing life due to their views on issues such as food stamps and Medicaid expansion.
Trump Jr. tweeted that every 2020 Democrat presidential contender “needs to be asked where they stand” on Rogers’ “stomach curling” remarks:
This is stomach curling and makes Ralph Northam look like a moderate on abortion.— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 1, 2019
Every Democrat running for President needs to be asked where they stand on this. The extreme turn we've seen from Dems on abortion recently is truly sickening. https://t.co/KchZfqvQMK
In response, Rogers dropped the tone of his “clarification” and reverted back to the language of his original remarks. Speaking to NBC affiliate WVTM, Rogers said it was an “honor” to be attacked by Trump Jr.
“That proves I’m right to make a scene about abortion, him being born, that’s proof right there,” Rogers said, laughing. “Him being born, that’s a very very good defense I have for abortion. His mother should have aborted him when he was born and he wouldn’t have made that stupid statement, right?
“He’s evidently retarded or crazy,” Rogers added. “Donald Trump’s son, I know there’s something wrong with that boy.”
Alabama State Rep. John Rogers (D) responds to Donald Trump Jr. calling him out for his remarks about killing "unwanted kids", says Trump Jr. is "proof that mothers ought to have the right to have an abortion because he is evidently retarded or crazy." pic.twitter.com/YUHTee8puw— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) May 2, 2019
“Sadly, vile comments like this have become par for the course for the Democrat Party,” Trump Jr. spokesman Andy Surabian responded, Mediaite reports. “They’ve become so deranged by President Trump’s victory that celebrating late-term abortion, support for eugenics and even calling for the death of political opponents is becoming their standard operating procedure.”
Alabama U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, a Democrat who’s taken heat for being more extreme on abortion than how he campaigned but broke ranks with his party on infanticide, told the Washington Examiner he was “absolutely appalled” by Rogers’ comments, and “think[s] he owes an apology to the people of the state.”
A version of the abortion ban is currently pending in the state Senate. Alabama Republicans also hold an overwhelming majority there, but Republican Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said he has a “little bit of a problem” with abortion legislation that doesn’t contain rape or incest exceptions.
A spokeswoman for Republican Gov. Kay Ivey declined to tell CNN whether the governor intends to sign the bill. But if some version does manage to become law, the left-wing American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Alabama has threatened to sue.