Disgraceful! Donald Trump has made one of his most outrageous and threatening comments EVER, claiming that abortions should be banned, and that women who seek out illegal abortions need to be punished! Read on for the firestorm that erupted after his comments.
So wrong! Donald Trump, 69, set off a world of controversy March 30 with the most vitriolic statements by any presidential candidate about the topic of abortion. He claimed that the procedure should be outlawed and women that seek out an abortion need some form of punishment. For a candidate who has fought off claims that he’s sexist and anti-women, he couldn’t have said anything more inflammatory. Really Donald?! PUNISH women?! He later walked back his position after he received a massive backlash for his comments.
During a Town Hall meeting in Appleton, WI, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was trying to get a yes or no answer to should there be punishment for getting an abortion if it gets banned. “There has to be some form of punishment,” Donald responded. “For the woman?” Matthews asked, to which Trump replied, “Yes.” Whoa! We know Donald has been putting it out there that he’d like to see abortion banned in the U.S., but no other candidate has said anything about PUNISHING women for seeking one!
Even his main rival Sen. Ted Cruz, 45, pounced on Donald’s crazy statement, blasting him by saying “Once again Donald Trump has demonstrated that he hasn’t seriously thought through the issues, and he’ll say anything just to get attention,” before adding, “Of course we shouldn’t be talking about punishing women. We should affirm their dignity and the incredible gift they have to bring life into the world.” BAM! Take that Donald!
The billionaire candidate later realized he’d gone WAY too far with his comments and seriously backtracked on his own exact words, after his fellow candidates and even anti-abortion groups condemned his comments. Donald’s campaign then sent out a press release saying the exact opposite of what he said hours earlier about punishing women.
“If Congress were to pass legislation making abortion illegal and the federal courts upheld this legislation, or any state were permitted to ban abortion under state and federal law, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman,” Donald’s statement read. “The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb. My position has not changed — like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions.” Hmm, that’s quite a turnabout from his original statement.
HollywoodLifers, do you think Donald was just made his original comments to get attention? Or do you think he really believes it?