Donald Trump, a man who declared himself to be “very pro-choice” in 1999, stated that women who get an abortion should “be punished.” Check the 1:20 mark of the above video. Chris Matthews presses Trump to answer whether he thinks that a woman who gets a abortion should be punished:
MATTHEWS: Do you believe in punishment for abortion, yes or no? As a principle?
TRUMP: The answer is that there has to be some sort of punishment.
MATTHEWS: For the woman?
TRUMP: Yeah, there has to be some form.
MATTHEWS: Ten years? What?
TRUMP: That I don’t know. That I don’t know.
MATTHEWS: Why not? You take positions on everything else?
TRUMP: I do take positions on everything else. It’s a very complicated position.
Trump explicitly states in this interview that he would ban all abortions, and thinks that any woman that gets an abortion should be punished. In spite of the fact that time and time again a woman’s right to choose has be upheld by the Constitution.
He quickly backtracked later that day after outrage from women’s groups and even members of his own party, saying that he was in favor of punishing doctors who performed illegal abortions, not the women involved. That is absolutely not what he said in this interview. There is no wiggle room in the above statement.
This episode again shows Trump’s disregard for truth, the Constitution and shines another light on the fact that this man has no morally held positions. Should women be punished for having an abortion like you said on Wednesday? Or should third trimester partial birth abortions be legal, like you said in 1999?