Trump stumbles over abortion issue
April 19th, 2011
02:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Trump stumbles over abortion issue

(CNN) – Donald Trump appeared to stumble into a contradiction in an interview Tuesday - a misstep that could haunt the potential GOP presidential candidate amongst social conservatives.

In an interview with MSNBC, Trump was asked if he believed there was a right to privacy in the Constitution - a right that, while not explicitly stated in the Constitution, the Supreme Court has said can be inferred from the text.

He responded, "I guess there is, I guess there is."

Then his tone of voice changed and he followed up with, "And why, just out of curiosity, why do you ask that question?"

When NBC's Savannah Guthrie wondered how that line of legal theory "squares" with his pro-life stance, Trump said, "Well, that's a pretty strange way of getting to pro-life. I mean, it's a very unique way of asking about pro-life. What does that have to do with privacy? How are you equating pro-life with privacy?"

To answer Trump's question, the United States Supreme Court equated the right to privacy as grounds to legalize abortion in its controversial 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.


Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Donald Trump
soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. Dave

    Trump got trumped!

    April 19, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Airborne

    He he please run! This is not your boardroom...YOu don't even know your constitution.

    April 19, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. rusty155

    Donald Trump Is a IDIOT, all this man know how to do Is run Is mouth. And get In the news so It will rise his TV show Rating. The file Bankrupt more time than any American person , He not someone I would want to run this Great nation.

    April 19, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. ...

    You can't fix stupid...

    April 19, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. skinny

    what an idiot

    its just a matter of time for this moron to fall apart

    hes not a republican, hes not a democrat, hes not anything – he's just an idiot

    April 19, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Jason

    Maybe he entered the race to make the other barrell-scrapings look good by comparison.

    April 19, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. janetlaw

    Donald, Donald – a true Palin moment!

    April 19, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Al-NY,NY

    Ooops and Bawoooosh. Only the truly stupid will continue to give this guy any relevance. I can just see Combover's next public statement that the "lamestream media" is out to get him with trick questions. Keep going Donald! Us thinking folks want you to keep talking the birther thing so you're parties' real agenda will be cemented as nothing but a worthless bunch of conspiracy theories with no viable suggestions or solutions on taking the country forward

    April 19, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Ronnie Rayz

    That was his hair talkin & I know hair....Trump all the way !!!

    April 19, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. rafael

    What a surprise–Trump has an opinion, which is the entire basis for his policy.

    April 19, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Mickey, NY

    OOPS!! There's that "lame stream media" asking the "trick" questions again!!

    April 19, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. anagram_kid

    This pic is a perfect visual metaphor of this ‘candidacy’. That, like is spray tan looks passable if you are far enough away, but once you get close and look at the details, it is plain to see what a botched, fake mess it is.

    April 19, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. ja

    trump is stumbling period, he has reached the level of whale manure on the birther bs

    April 19, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    And just think we're no where near debating one of America's most intelligent presidents, President Obama, and already they're tripping themselves up.
    Don't hog the popcorn!

    April 19, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. MisterSnow

    I hate to spoil a good thing, but it looks like he's trying to Ross Perot the election. If he runs as an independent, he could split the GOP vote enough to give Democrats the best possible chance (beyond the not-being-as-evil thing)

    April 19, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    I doubt Trump is that strong on right to life, vs. abortion rights. That is, however, the position that makes more sense, than to infringe upon the personal rights of women, to end a pregnancy for an unwanted child.

    April 19, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. Mike

    There is no contradiction here. There may be a "right to privacy," but there is also a "right to life." Privacy is great, but when that "privacy" allows for the detruction of human life (whether that life is unborn or 99 years old), there is a problem, and one right must give way to the other. If we are going to assume (and that is exactly what the Supreme Court did in Roe v Wade) that there is a "right to privacy," then we also must assume that if the founders were asked to weigh which right should give way (life or privacy) when there is a conflict between those rights, a fair assumption could be made that the founders would say that life should prevail over privacy interests.

    April 19, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Shout it from the Trump Tower Top. He got played.

    Uh, oh. Shades of the Palin interview with Curic?

    April 19, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    He's pobably had more than a few women in his lifetime gag the next morning and head for an abortion clinic rather than risk carrying a "mini-ego" to birth.

    April 19, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. Domingo

    Trump's response: "Well then guess what Supreme Court...you're Fired....right?? Wrong...this is not your show sir and the US is not your business...you can't play your little dictator role here bud...

    April 19, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. ITALIAN NONNO

    For people like Trump,.. who love to stick their foot in their big mouth,.. there's an old Italian saying.." Pesce fritto e baccala".. FRIED AND BATTERED LIKE A FISH.

    April 19, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. Vigla

    It is the height of lunacy that people thing this man will run for president. This obnoxious blowhard as POTUS? People need their heads examined...

    April 19, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. Nick San Diego

    OOps. He's not gonna make it thru this Spring, much less the Primaries

    April 19, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. The Greedy Old Parasites have declared class war on YOU!

    The rich, brainless birthbagger is showing that he really isn't much brighter than his extreme right sheeple, er, followers.

    April 19, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. George

    Guessing there is isn't good enough to be Prez.

    April 19, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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