Republican front runner Donald Trump dug himself a deep hole earlier this week when he openly supported “some form of punishment” for women who get abortions. The billionaire real estate mogul has attempted to walk back his remarks on more than one occasion, but found himself flip-flopping during a soon to be aired interview.
During a town hall event in Wisconsin on Wednesday, MSNBC host and moderator Chris Matthews questioned Trump on his stance on abortion and a woman’s right to choose. Trump found himself in an uncomfortable position, admitting that he’s “pro-life,” and that he would support a punishment for abortion if it was made illegal in the future. Trump has since felt the backlash of his comments, and once again tried to right the ship during an interview taped on April 1, which will air on CBS’ Face the Nation this Sunday.
“A question was asked to me. And it was asked in a very hypothetical,” Trump told CBS’ John Dickerson, explaining, “I’ve been told by some people that was an older line answer.” When asked how he would change the abortion laws in present time, Trump deflected, stating, “The laws are set now on abortion and that’s the way they’re going to remain until they’re changed.” The GOP front runner admitted that he would rather abortion laws be up to the states, but that he would not change the current law.
“At this moment, the laws are set. And I think we have to leave it that way.”
Trump was pressed on whether or not he believed abortion was murder, repeatedly stating that he has his own opinion, but failed to elaborate. Eventually, Dickerson was able to get Trump to admit that he didn’t disagree that abortion was murder, but failed to go into further detail. CBS has made part of the interview available as a preview, with the full conversation airing this Sunday.