When I watched the Chris Matthews interview with Trump on MSNBC tonight, I’d already seen the video exchange where Trump said that women who had gotten an illegal abortion should be punished. But when I watched the entire discussion, Trump made an even more shocking, and I think, more newsworthy statement that no one even bothered to mention.
Was this because he was saying something that everyone took as a given? I really hope to God not.
At the end of that whole segment, just before the commercial break, Chris asked him if the guy who had gotten the woman who had an illegal abortion pregnant should also be punished. After hemming and hawing for a few seconds - during which Chris pointed out that ‘some would say the guy had something to do with it’, Trump said simply...
I just about fell out of my chair. But I wasn’t the only one. There were audible gasps from the pro-Trump audience members, a good portion of which were women.
I know that Trump’s view of women is probably slightly above his views on keeping dogs as pets, so it’s no surprise that he’d said that. But where is the media outrage over his second statement?
The idea that women might have to go to jail if they’ve chosen the only option available to them when making the gut wrenching choice about whether to have a child or not, is horrific on it’s own. But saying that the guy who was equally responsible for putting her in that position should bear no consequences at all when she’s being punished, is beyond the pale.
Thank you Chris Matthews for asking that question, because it really needed to be asked. But I really think the mainstream media needs to hold him accountable for his FULL statement.