Last week, Donald Trump told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, in no uncertain terms, that women should be punished for having abortions. It started when Matthews asked Trump how he would enforce a ban on abortion.
Look, people in certain parts of the Republican Party, conservative Republicans, would say, ‘Yes, it should,’” Trump replied, according to a transcript obtained by Bloomberg. “I would say it’s a very serious problem and it’s a problem we have to decide on. Are you going to send them to jail?
There has to be some form of punishment,” he said.
For the woman?” Matthews pressed.
Yeah,” Trump replied, adding that the punishment would “have to be determined.”
They’ve set the law and frankly the judges, you’re going to have a very big election coming up for that reason because you have judges where it’s a real tipping point and with the loss of Scalia, who was a very strong conservative, this presidential election is going to be very important,” the candidate opined. “When you say what’s the law, nobody knows what the law is going to be. It depends on who gets elected.
Trump’s campaign later clarified his “misspoken” remarks with something equally offensive.
Trump said if abortion were illegal, “the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman. The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb.
Only one news network has managed to pump out pro-Trump spin at a pace that matches their favorite candidate’s numerous policy contortions. However, this time Fox News had a significant challenge.
This week on Fox and Friends, Trump’s professional cheerleading section struggled to find a way to justify his abortion comments. But, after reaching the bottom of the barrel, Fox News found their strangest excuse yet.
He only became a politician about six or seven months ago,” cohost Steve Doocy said indulgently.
“Yeah, which is why people like him,” cohost Ainsley Earhardt chirped in agreement.
So now Trump earns a pass because of his relative inexperience as a politician, the same thing that earned Barrack Obama tons of criticism from the same network when he first ran for president in 2008.
Here’s a video of that segment.
However, The Young Turks’ John Iadarola wasn’t buying the “inexperience” excuse. Iadarola noted that the question didn’t require Trump to give a detailed answer, but rather a simple answer on a subject which is one of the cornerstones of the modern day Republican Party.
Iadarola added, Trump is “new enough that he doesn’t know how long you should go to jail but he’s been around long enough to know that we should change established, Constitutional law for the past four or five decades.”
Fox News’ Andrea Tantaros blamed Hillary Clinton for setting a “trap” for Trump in an attempt to start a “gender war” in the general election.
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