Trump Walking Back Abortion Comments

Donald Trump, the GOP presidential front runner is once again in the eye of a controversy. Comments that he made about abortion in an interview with MSNBC host Chris Mathews that was done on the campaign trail in Green Bay has Republicans, Democrats, Republicans, pro-life and pro-choice supporters in a frenzy.

This quote from an interview the hour long interview came when Mathews asked Trump if a woman should be punished if abortions were to become illiegal.

“There has to be some form of punishment” if abortion is ruled illegal in the future, said Donald Trump during an MSNBC interview Wednesday night.

“For the woman?” asked interviewer Chris Matthews?

“Yes, there has to be some form,” replied Trump.


Q: “You say you want to ban it, what’s that mean?”

Trump: “I am pro-life, yes.”

Q: “How do you ban abortion; how do you do it?”

Trump: “You go back to a position like they had where people will perhaps go to illegal places, but you have to ban it.”

Meanwhile, the front runner knew that he made a mistake and within an hour Trump was walking it all back, saying in a statement that if abortion were to become illegal, he would punish the doctors for the violation, not the patient.

In a Marquette University Law School poll that came out yesterday showed that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has a ten-point lead over Trump in the latest Wisconsin poll.

The key in this case he will likely lose Wisconsin in large part because of Cruz support from the popular Gov. Scott Walker, who has an 80% approval rating among Republicans in the state. But in key states in the east, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and California all show Trump with large leads in the polls.

The questions and answers used in this story were transcribed from the MSNBC broadcast. 


Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.