31 March 2016 - Donald Trump proposes abortion punishment
War on women? GOP silent as Trump sounds off on abortion
Frustrated Republicans grappled with new fears about Donald Trump’s impact on their party Wednesday, as the billionaire businessman’s campaign rivals targeted his punitive plan for fighting abortion and extraordinary defense of his campaign manager, who police say assaulted a female reporter.
Concern rippled through Republican circles nationwide, yet few dared criticize the GOP front-runner directly when pressed, leery of confronting the man who may well lead their election ticket in November.
Their silence underscored the deep worries plaguing the party’s leaders — particularly its most prominent women — who are growing increasingly concerned that a Trump presidential nomination could not only cost the 2016 election but also tarnish the party brand for a generation of women and young people.
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Matt Flegenheimer and Maggie Haberman (The New York Times, 30/03/2016)
The comment, which Mr. Trump later recanted, attracted instant, bipartisan criticism — the latest in a series of high-profile episodes that have shined a light on Mr. Trump’s feeble approval ratings among women nationally.
In this case, Mr. Trump also ran afoul of conservative doctrine, with opponents of abortion rights immediately castigating him for suggesting that those who receive abortions — and not merely those who perform them — should be punished if the practice is outlawed.
Theodore Schleifer (CNN Politics, 31/03/2016)
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton pounced on Donald Trump's comment Wednesday on MSNBC that abortion should be banned and women who receive one should should face "some form of punishment," seeking to tie it the entire GOP field.
Hours later, Trump reversed his initial position -- criticized as extreme by both supporters and opponents of abortion rights -- saying only the doctors should be held liable.
"The Republicans all line up together," Clinton said in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper.
Rebecca Sinderbrand (The Washington Post, 30/03/2016)
Sometimes there's a reason nobody's touching the hot stove.
Today, the GOP front-runner learned what happens when a candidate goes off-script on abortion.
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