Trump stumbles over abortion issue
April 19th, 2011
02:12 PM ET
11 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. KMAN821

    No one will ever accuse Trump of being an intellectual giant ... a giant turd, yes ... but nothing more.

    April 19, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Donking

    GOP: (To the Donald) "You're Fired"!

    April 19, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. Four More For Sure!

    So Palinesque in that interview, just proving how shallow and unfit for public office he really is.

    April 19, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. Canadian Jim

    Trump is a joke. His meagalomania aside he does not have what it takes to be President. When you screw up you can't apply for bankruptcy or get divorced. His irrational birther position, his lack of substantive knowledge about American history or politics makes him the ideal tea party candidate, however.

    April 19, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. klamerus

    So I suppose that if someone is murdered and know one knows – being a privacy issue – it's constitutional...

    April 19, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. JJ

    Trump opens his mouth without thinking – this is just one example. As time goes on he will do this more often and as such he will drop lower and lower inthe polls, sort of what has happend to Palin.

    They are both idiots when it comes to reasoning, politics, and critical thinking.

    April 19, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. Charlotte

    He's little better than a male version of Sarah Palin. Note I didn't say 'just as bad' because SHE is so stupid she would not have realized she had put her foot in it. He did, but wasn't quick enough on his feet to find a graceful or plausible way out. She'd have never even realized it, and then would have been blubbering about media bias later when the stories started surfacing about the blunder.

    April 19, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. AEK

    Probably will be using the "Palin defense" from now on. Lamestream media using sneaky questions with sole intention of tripping up well-meaning yet unprepared political candidates. Let's hope Mr. Hairdoo learns something from this exchange, you know, like, "dude, I don't care how rich or arrogant you are, you are way out of your league!" The office of President is not a real estate deal or a reality TV show my friend!

    April 19, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Don Beal

    That must have been an oh-crap moment. Second #1 – there is a Constitutional right to privacy, so yes. Second #2 – the right to privacy supports abortion, so no. Second #3 – uhhhh – why do you ask?

    April 19, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. johnrj08

    Trump may be a millionaire real estate mogul, but he's a moron. He doesn't even know who many people are in the House of Representative. Here, he demonstrates total ignorance of the idea upon which Roe vs Wade is based. This man is a grotesque opportunist and narcissistic self-promoter who gets away with his pathetic statements through bombast and stridency. A year ago he was Pro-Choice and an Obama supporter. Now that he's a Republican darling, he has made a total flip-flop on numerous issues.

    April 19, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. blake

    Wake up people. Trump is not a conservative. And he is not a credible candidate. Although admittedly few who run are.

    April 19, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. TheProgram

    that fake tan is hysterical!

    another clown for the GOP

    April 19, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Dan J

    how is that a stumble? He is correct that Roe v Wade used backwards logic

    April 19, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. maf

    Keep it up you "mainstream" media!! The more you challenge these fringe elements, the less likely they are to be the GObP nominee!! Donald will be spun so much before he even announces, he will look like he is in a cocoon!!!

    April 19, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. Veteran

    Yes, the more the Donald runs his mouth the deeper he keeps inserting foot in mouth and his smoke and mirrors are being exposed.

    April 19, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. Pat in IL

    He's even dumber than he looks.

    April 19, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. Norm Autrey

    I know, he could hire that failed politician who is not a witch and who is also not a constitutional scholar, to run his campaign or at least advise him on the constitution, since she said she was a student of the constitution, which she is not. C'mon Donald, you are at least a fair capitalist, and even though your hair looks kind of wierd, you seem to be smart enough to know, our country needs some serious people who won't just up and attack a country and steal their oil.

    April 19, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. Al

    I don't like Trump. BUT, he's not the first person to see a disconnect between privacy and abortion. Pro-Life supports have consistently argued that the unborn is a human being and has a right to life that is more primary than an odd view of privacy. To put it plainly, the right to an abortion is not in the constitution.

    April 19, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. Snuffy

    Of course Trump stumbled. He has no credibility as a candidate. Anyone who thinks of him as a viable candidate or political leader is getting snookered.

    April 19, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. Bob Brown

    As if we didn't need any further proof, The Donald's woeful lack of understanding of Constitutional Law is just another nail in his coffin. Presidential timber?? Only a very foolish party would even consider the thought as serious. But, it would be a fun election campaign to witness President Obama obliterate this wanna-be. Surely the Republicans can't actually name 5 reasons that he is qualified. The rest of the country surely can't.

    April 19, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. Gary Lawrence

    Mr. Trump is an expert at self promotion, yet as a politician, I doubt that he has the chops. Imagine Mr. Trump negotiating with other foreign leaders with his bombastic style. Imagine Mr. Trump with his hands on the US Treasury. How difficult was it to have a casino go bankrupt? A CASINO...I for one, do not want my money to be part of the "other peoples money" he would get to play with. When will he publish his tax returns? Just askin'

    April 19, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. theidiotspeaksagain

    Trump has no intention of running. This is just self promotion at the expense of the American public. If he runs. His entire history is up for scrutiny and I'm certain he would not allow that. He has too many bones in the closet for that.

    April 19, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. rockysfan

    Guess he doesn't see a difference in taping my phone vs. regulating my womb. Absolutely astounding on how the GOP and conservatives want to regulate my womb and my bedroom but let have an "anything goes" attitude when it comes to Wall Street and the marketplace. If they worried more about HOW we got to this point (can you see Greed and Wall Street?) than how many pregnancies I'm ending or who I'm having sex with (as long as it is not a child or animal), this country just might be better off. Just saying.

    April 19, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. vet in texas

    those darn gotcha questions......they just keep asking them and asking them.

    "They're what we thought they were" – Coach Denny Green

    April 19, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. Janicket

    Yet another stellar example of The Donald's brainpower at work.

    April 19, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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