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. Name Creole

    Big Dummy!!!! Just like all of the other GOP runner's stupid, all they know is to attack the President Obama 2012

    April 19, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    His belief in right to privacy then should also means he would understand gay marriage

    April 19, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. Steven in DC

    LOL...this is just the beginning. Pull up a chair folks...this is going to be entertainment at its best!

    April 19, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. LegendRx

    Trump has nothing . . . totally empty!

    April 19, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. tulsa, ok

    Just goes to show how "little" his knowledge about important issues is.

    April 19, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. kayla

    another one bites the dust.they have no clue. boy oh boy

    April 19, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. marshall erickson

    You got Lawyered

    April 19, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    And the nihilist's ignorance rears its head.

    April 19, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. DaTruff

    C'mon give me a break Liberal Pukes. Why don't you try to trick Obama instead of serving us that piece of sh*t on a silver platter with free pass after free pass. Your EXTREME BIAS during the 2008 camp is costing our country TRILLIONS.

    April 19, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. Sergio D. Monterroso

    Just as Palin, there isn't much up-there, they may have a way to do business and make money, but have they even read about the history of this country, about politics, about social issues, how did they form their opinions?
    Please remember that Palin has foreing relations experience because she can see Rusia from her back-yard, and now Trump is anti-abortion but supports the argument for abortion.

    April 19, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. ATL Guy

    Join us tomorrow for another episode of the Donald Trump Clown Show. That's all for tonight folks. Have a good night and a wonderful tomorrow.

    April 19, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. Andrew

    I am by no means a Trump supporter, but even I will say that the question was flawed. i would agree this is an issue if he knew of the courts decision and implications and then answered the question. Obviously he did not.

    Poor journalism.

    April 19, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. Maryann

    Well, there you have it. What a poser!

    April 19, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. spike

    Trump is a buffoon.

    April 19, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. Kabaroski

    Trump is an idiot, why are we even wasting time with this man.

    April 19, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. Bill

    Trump's ignorance of the constitution puts him on a fairly even keel with the rest of the Republican candidates.

    April 19, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Boo-Yah

    The used up tea-baggers can't have it both ways. They want limited Government and yet they want to control what you do in your private life. Bunch of control freak hypocrites.

    Trump, who has declared bankruptcy several times, has a grossly narcisistic and overblown image of himself. Sad really.

    April 19, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. Jake

    clown!
    i think his wife, all of his ex-wives, and his daughters keep him in check on this issue – the social conservatives will never buy his true stance, though.

    April 19, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. A. Dylan

    How is this a stumble? Trump is basically saying that he doesn't agree with the Supreme Court in it's equation of privacy with legal abortion, which is shared by a very large number of people in this country.

    April 19, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. Birdwatcher1

    Ah Donald, Donald, Donald.
    America, wise up and don't give any attention to idiots like this who don't even bother to familiarize themselves with the law of the land, when running for public office.
    The reason (one of many) that President Obama was elected – in my view – was that the U.S. was weary of stupid, knee-jerk speaking candidates (e.g. Bush Jr.) Obama is thoughtful – almost to a fault by some accounts. I'll take thoughtful over splashy trigger happy fools any day of the week.

    April 19, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. REG in AZ

    What this country desperately needs is for our representatives to work together to solve the problems. What we need is real cooperation, bipartisanship and moderation with a honest and responsible centrist mentality concentrating on benefit for all of the people. What we need is to get rid of those representatives who stubbornly advocate “their way or no way”; those who arrogantly fault and block all efforts without ever offering anything constructive; those who obnoxiously take the people for granted with their deceptive rhetoric intended to rationalize and disguise their irresponsibility; those who belligerently focus only on their political ambitions and on being ‘puppets’ for the few who strongly support them and who ‘pull their strings’; those representatives who really are the problem, never the solution and always just try to con and manipulate the public.

    What we need, what is really necessary to achieve all of that is for the people, the voters, to get out of their narrow thinking, to put their biases, prejudices and emotional attachments aside so that they can’t be so easily conned and manipulated. When the people reject the subterfuge, when they refuse to be duped and used, then the representatives can’t just concentrate on those with the power, influence and money, who use it all to deceptively control public opinion, and instead they then have to focus on real answers for the majority. The people have to be real, they have to be responsible and honest, first with themselves, and disciplined to be objective and rational just to avoid being continually used and then abused. The people have to see and accept the need for the answers to be for everyone, even when including some equitable sacrifice by everyone. Can the people do it or are they stuck in their limited thinking, accepting the dishonesty because they are closed minded and then taken in by the drastic, often even bazaar, appeals to their biases, prejudices and emotional attachments, all aggressively aimed to deceive and control them?

    April 19, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. david

    Trump is a joke. Just the fact that so many are actually considering this clown as a potential presidential candidate says loads about how unbelievably stupid a huge amount of Americans have become. Spooky, real, real spooky.

    April 19, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. RG

    Just one gaffe of many to come. The GOP has turned into a circus.

    April 19, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. calvink K

    Dumb and dumber. Money cannot substitute common sense and intelligence.

    April 19, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Pravaa

    Come on CNN. You guys actually thought Trump would know the answer to any question. All this is a dog and pony show for his TV show.

    April 19, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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