The rhetoric from GOP presidential candidates this election cycle has been embarrassing. Their comments, often inflammatory and sometimes outright lies, demonstrate a complete lack of touch with the American public. It makes you wish you could do something besides yell at the TV while you wait for November.
Nick Elliot felt the same way during the September 2015 GOP debate, watching every candidate trip over themselves to say how they would best defund Planned Parenthood. To add to the lack of substance, several candidates cited the infamous Planned Parenthood videos, even though the tapes were debunked weeks before the debate.
“I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, it’s heart beating, it’s legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.”
– Carly Fiorina (proven false by Factcheck.org)
Rather than throw his remote across the room, Elliot got to work on a site to turn the GOP narrative into a positive. His site, DefundRefund.com, works like a twisted, presidential bracket. You select the candidate – let’s say Marco Rubio – and sit back and wait for him to make a comment like this:
“Planned Parenthood creates an incentive for people to look forward to having more abortions and to be able to sell that fetal tissue.”
– Marco Rubio (interview with KCCI News)
Awful, but also great because then your donation is automatically sent to Planned Parenthood, along with a note honoring Marco Rubio. The site will even announce to Facebook or Twitter how Rubio’s latest statements helped you support Planned Parenthood. Elliot explains:
“We believe it’s time to get in front of the narrative and say that 81 percent of Americans want abortion to be legal and available, even if they have nuanced opinions about circumstances.”
Voting with donations might not change the GOP’s stance on Planned Parenthood, but turning ignorant statements into contributions feels like a kharmic win. Watch DefundRefund’s video below.