Poll Context: MSNBC’s Chris Matthews interviewed Donald Trump who described himself multiple times as “pro-life,” but struggled to define what the legal ramifications of that position should be. When continually pressed for what the punishment would be for women who break any theoretical ban, Trump said the “answer is that there has to be some form of punishment, yeah.”
When asked what kind of punishment he had in mind, Trump lacked specifics and said that he has “not determined what the punishment would be.” Trump noted that he does “take positions on everything else, but this is a very complicated position.” “If you say abortion is a crime or abortion is murder, you have to deal with it under the law,” Matthews stated, making the pivot from the moral position of being pro-life to the practical implications of implementing that position in the law. Trump asked Matthews, “are you going to say, well wait, are you going to say put them in jail? Is that the punishment you’re talking about?” Matthews responded that that’s the question he was asking the front-runner himself. Trump responded that he was pro-life.
The MSNBC host followed up wondering if a man should bear responsibility for abortions as well, to which Trump said “no,” he didn’t think so.
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