In an interview with Maureen Dowd, published in The New York Times on Saturday, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump passed on a question explicitly asking the real estate mogul if he has ever been “involved” with anyone who had an abortion. The question, essentially asking if the real estate mogul had even paid for an abortion during his "swinging bachelor" days "in Manhattan," was met with a hard pass from Trump. The simple, yet telling non-answer: “Such an interesting question… So what’s your next question?”
Dowd first raised the issue concerning Mr. Trump relative to his recent comments condoning “punishing” women who have abortions—remarks which were immediately condemned by actual pro-lifers everywhere.
“In an MSNBC interview with Chris Matthews, the formerly pro-choice Trump somehow managed to end up to the right of the National Right to Life Committee when he said that for women, but not men, 'there has to be some form of punishment' if a President Trump makes abortion illegal,” wrote Dowd.
Trump engaged, explaining to Dowd that “[t]his was not real life.” He continued, “This was a hypothetical, so I thought of it in terms of a hypothetical. So that’s where that answer came from, hypothetically.”
The New York Times writer pressed on: “Given his draconian comment, sending women back to back alleys, I had to ask: When he was a swinging bachelor in Manhattan, was he ever involved with anyone who had an abortion?”
"Such an interesting question... So what’s your next question?”
Donald Trump on ever being "involved" with an abortion
“Such an interesting question,” Trump suspiciously replied. “So what’s your next question?”
Why would Mr. Trump, a "pro-life" candidate as of five minutes ago, swiftly dodge a question about possibly being “involved” with abortions in the past? Simply baffling...