WATCH: Klavan On The Twisted Power Of The Abortion Narrative

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On Wednesday's episode of "The Andrew Klavan Show," host Andrew Klavan answered a question by a fan about abortion, specifically why conservatives should not seek to charge a woman who gets an abortion. The answer, he explained, is the "power of the narrative."

"The same reason I don’t hate George Washington — the same reason I don’t take away his heroism, or take away his greatness and say 'well, you say he was great but he held slaves' —is because I understand the power of narrative," said Klavan. "That is the power. If good people are doing things, and lots of good people are doing things, and having these abortions, you have to convince them — you have to change the narrative. You have to bring them back to their senses."

As an exapmle, Klavan cited Michelle Wolf not just defending abortion but celebrating it, declaring "God bless abortion!"

"We saw yesterday with that woman Michelle Wolf … celebrating abortion," he said. "What a false narrative does to people: it allows them to hold slaves and feel that they’re good people. It allows them to have abortions and feel like it’s all right, it allows a comedian to go out and celebrate abortion. If Michelle Wolf, with that level of insight, had lived back in slavery days, she’d have been doing that dance for slavery … she’d be doing the same thing because that’s how deeply immersed in that narrative she is. That is why we do not believe that the good people who are having abortions because they are blinded by the narrative should be punished like criminals."

Video and transcript below:

I talk a lot about George Washington as a hero of liberty, and he was. There’s not a person - man or woman - walking the earth today that doesn’t owe George Washington a debt for the liberty he created in this country when he could have been king. When he set aside a kingdom, an entire continent he could’ve ruled over, I can’t think of anybody else…I compare him to Cincinnatus who fought the battle and went home. But, I don’t know if Cincinnatus was in the position that Washington was in, to just take over an entire new country and become its king. He was so dedicated to liberty that he gave that up. And yet, George Washington could not understand why his slaves wouldn’t work hard.

I’ve talked a lot about this, I know I’ve used this example before, but it’s important. He couldn’t understand it. He couldn’t understand why a slave he had treated well would escape. Couldn’t get it! It took him his whole life, he finally figured it out, it finally got to him. That’s how powerful the narrative is. If you wonder why I’m always picking on the press, why I’m always picking on Hollywood, it’s because they help create the narrative. And when you are in that narrative, it sweeps you away, you don’t even know you’re in it.

George Washington, hero of liberty, could not understand why a slave would want his liberty. That’s how powerful the narrative is. That is the state we are in with abortion. Good people are having abortions and good people are feeling that this is ok, because they are so swept up in that narrative as Washington was swept up in the narrative, that somehow it was ok to hold a brother, an individual, as a slave. They’re swept up in that narrative, that’s how blind they are. You cannot imprison people for that because it is a essentially misunderstanding your time.

The same reason I don’t hate George Washington — the same reason I don’t take away his heroism, or take away his greatness and say "well, you say he was great but he held slaves" —is because I understand the power of narrative. That is the power. If good people are doing things, and lots of good people are doing things, and having these abortions, you have to convince them — you have to change the narrative. You have to bring them back to their senses.

We saw yesterday with that woman Michelle Wolf…celebrating abortion. What a false narrative does to people - it allows them to hold slaves and feel that they’re good people. It allows them to have abortions and feel like it’s all right, it allows a comedian to go out and celebrate abortion. If Michelle Wolf, with that level of insight, had lived back in slavery days, she’d have been doing that dance for slavery…she’d be doing the same thing because that’s how deeply immersed in that narrative she is. That is why we do not believe that the good people who are having abortions because they are blinded by the narrative should be punished like criminals.

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