Via Bloomberg, Trump, who once described himself as “very pro-choice” but now claims to be “very pro-life,” said women who have illegal abortions should be punished in a manner to be determined later:
At a taping of an MSNBC town hall to be aired later, host Chris Matthews pressed Trump on his anti-abortion position, repeatedly asking him whether abortion should be punished if it is outlawed. “This is not something you can dodge.”
“Look, people in certain parts of the Republican Party, conservative Republicans, would say, ‘Yes, it should,’” Trump answered. “How about you?” Matthews asked.
“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?” Trump said. “I’m asking you,” Matthews said.
“I am pro-life,” Trump said. Asked how a ban would actually work, Trump said, “Well, you go back to a position like they had where they would perhaps go to illegal places but we have to ban it,” Trump said.
Matthews then pressed Trump on whether he believes there should be punishment for abortion if it were illegal.
“There has to be some form of punishment,” Trump said. “For the woman?” Matthews asked. “Yeah,” Trump said, nodding. Trump said the punishment would “have to be determined.”
As discussed this morning, there’s no logic or coherence to this or any other position Trump espouses because it’s not grounded in anything other than his ardent desire to make Lady Liberty his next trophy wife.
Will the Republican primary voters figure this shit out before Trump secures the nomination and choose a real forced birther over the fake one? Does it even matter?
EDITED TO ADD:
Per a tweet from The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs, the Trump campaign issued a statement walking back the earlier call for punishing abortion sluts:
"My position has not changed" pic.twitter.com/gzMVcNmqD4
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) March 30, 2016
Also, to clarify: Some of y’all made a good point (as Cole did on Twitter) when you noted that it’s morally consistent for people who run around shrieking that abortion is murder to want to hold the woman who is complicit in infanticide (as the forced birthers see it) accountable. But it’s politically stupid to say that out loud, which is why most candidates aren’t dumb enough to go there. And it’s inconsistent with Trump’s other positions on abortion, i.e., exceptions for rape, incest, etc.