After word of her son’s birth made news last week, Donald Trump’s former senior campaign adviser, A.J. Delgado, decided to tell The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins the story of her life as a single mother.

Several months after President Trump’s inauguration, the woman who helped Trump win the White House no longer has a job in politics and is living in Miami with her mother, raising the son she has with former fellow Trump staffer and political consultant, Jason Miller.

The Delgado-Miller affair was “major gossip fodder during the second half of 2016,” writes Jezebel’s Joanna Rothkopf, and resulted in Miller, who is married with children, resigning from his new job as White House communications director in December soon after he took the position.

Miller, who was already expecting a child with his wife when Delgado told him she was pregnant, reportedly asked her if “there was any chance [she’d] terminate the pregnancy.” Coppins says Miller denies ever asking this.

Yet, since the scandal first broke late last year, Miller has gone on to join a high-powered consulting firm and to become an on-air CNN contributor, while Delgado, the outspoken daughter of Cuban immigrants and one of Trump’s most unapologetic and powerful TV surrogates — unsurprisingly to many in the Trump administration’s inner circles — now finds herself forsaken by the very people she helped to win the White House. “There were some… very high-profile people who are supposedly pro-life, who knew me and heard about what happened, and who didn’t reach out,” Delgado told Coppins.

“You see these people saying, ‘Oh, we should reach out to women with unexpected pregnancies and let them know they’re not alone’ — and I’m like, ‘I’m right here!'”

A long list of prominent Republicans and White House aides who have cut ties with Delgado includes the most powerful woman on the campaign, Kellyanne Conway, a vocal pro-lifer, who insisted publicly on supporting pregnant women in crisis: “Our message and our positive action must also reach those women who face unplanned pregnancies,” she said at a March for Life rally in January. “They should know they are not alone. They are not judged. They, too, are protected and cared for and celebrated.”

But Delgado did not wind up joining White House staff, or landing “a plum appointment in a cabinet agency,” says Coppins, despite having played a critical role in Trump’s win. Instead, she stopped getting booked on TV as a Trump spokesperson and was forced to move in with her mother.

“Republicans have the remarkable inability,” notes Rothkopf, “to imagine themselves as the victim of misfortune they legislate against — it’s one of the main qualities that help them remain members of their own party, especially when Trump, a man known above all for his fidelity to infidelity, is in power.”

Meanwhile, despite Ivanka Trump’s overly-hyped push for better family leave policies and other half-baked schemes and platitudes, the Trump administration has already cut off grants for teen pregnancy prevention programs across the country, and in its 2018 budget plan released in May has proposed severely cutting or eliminating many federal programs that directly assist single mothers.

While the proposed budget does include a six-week federal paid parental leave policy, which initially extended benefits only to birth mothers but now, after severe backlash, is inclusive of fathers and adoptive parents, the program is expected ultimately to benefit just 1.3 million Americans.

The budget would also cut “SNAP benefits (also known as food stamps), cash welfare and energy assistance, all programs where more than 60 percent of funds are spent on women,” reports The New York Times.

Proposed budget cuts in Medicaid — more than $800 billion over 10 years — and in housing assistance and low-income energy assistance, though seemingly gender-neutral, would in fact hit women hardest because in the United States, according to census data, an overwhelming majority of women tend to benefit more from social safety net spending than men do.

In addition, as a leaked executive summary of the budget obtained by the Huffington Post confirms, the Trump administration is committed to following through on a campaign promise to prohibit “any funding in the Labor-HHS appropriations bill for certain entities that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood.”

A.J. Delgado may now be feeling the pain of being iced out and run over by the Trump train but the majority of American women and their advocates have seen this trainwreck coming for a very long time.

– Danielle Bizzarro


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