Donald Trump has done it again. He has opened that big, loud, mouth of his without thinking about what he is saying – like any standard barrooom loudmouth would – and now has to pretend he didn’t say what everyone heard him say.
Here, from Tessa Berenson’s account for Time Magazine, is what happened during Trump’s interview with Chris Matthews on MSNBC:
Matthews asked the Republican presidential frontrunner, “How do you ban abortion? How do you actually do it?”
After reiterating his stance of being “pro-life” multiple times, Trump said, “You know you’ll go back to a position like where they had where people perhaps will go to illegal places… But you have to ban it.”
Matthews pressed Trump on what should happen to women who get abortions under a future ban—the candidate has called for making a commitment to reversing the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision a litmus test for appointing justices.“There has to be some form of punishment,” Trump said, but that he has “not determined what the punishment would be.”
Matthews asked if the man who got the woman pregnant would be legally responsible: “I would say no,” Trump responded.
There you go. Right back to what Donald Trump, taking his words at face value, apparently thinks of as the good ol’ days… when a woman was shamed and punished, while the man who impregnated her walks away free as a bird; not his problem.
Evidently Trump’s advisers (and what a proud bunch they must be) somehow convinced him he had to say something more about this. So Trump released the following statement:
“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,” Trump said in the second statement. “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.”
Translating, we have this: “Forget what I said before, this is what I’m saying now. Do-over. Mulligan. Erased like a Hillary Clinton email. And, for extra measure, now I’m saying that if a woman knowingly breaks the law she walks away as free as the man would have in the first version of my position.”
Anyone who would consider handing the presidency to Donald Trump must either be immune to common sense and reason, or so full of hate for the current political structure that he/she would put a barroom loudmouth in charge of the country and make him commander in chief of the armed forces.
For people who are the former, I have nothing to say, because you are immune to it.
For people who are the latter, then satisfy your anger – your justifiable anger (I’m not out of sympathy with your view of the current political structure) by voting for someone else.