Trevor Noah: Where Is GOP's 'Pro-Life Passion' After Mass Shootings?

News & Politics

GOP hypocrisy on its nominal "pro-life" stance is well documented. Republicans care about preventing abortions but have a long track record of gutting social programs that help humans after birth, as well as their staunch support of the death penalty, which is literally the defintion of "anti-life." But one issue in particular, gun control, is rarely framed as a pro-life issue despite manifestly being one. 

"It's truly amazing what pro-lifers have been able to accomplish in the anti-abortion fight," Daily Show host Trevor Noah said. "Just imagine what they could do when the facts on their side ... what other issue could appeal to those who 'love' life?" Noah then played a CNN report on American gun violence showing 97,000 victims a year — or 250 a day. 

"Imagine if we could bring some of that pro-life passion into being, well, more pro-life," Noah suggested before playing a series of clips of Republican outrage over abotion but vague, wish-washy handwringing over the Oregon massacre. The insistency is depressing to watch if not altogether unsuprising. We know that when Republicans say they care about "life," what they really mean is managing the reproductive lives of women and nothing beyond that. It's a slogan, more than an ethos — a fact Noah makes clear with impressive ease.

 Watch the clip below:

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