Donald Trump having taken over MSNBC’s “Surviving Candidates Interview Palooza” tonight with his remark about meting out punishment to women who had abortions if the procedure is made illegal, the network made sure all other participants were made to weigh in. Trump, within a couple hours of making the statement, did a 180 and issued a statement saying doctors who performed the abortions, not the women who had the procedure, should be punished.
“He would make both women and doctors criminals,” Dem frontrunner Clinton told Rachel Maddow, adding, “What he said today is among the most dangerous and outrageous statements that I’ve heard anybody running for president say in a really long time.”
Calling Trump’s comments “shameful is probably understating that position,” added Sanders, who was Maddow’s second interview of the night. “To punish a woman for having an abortion is beyond comprehension…One would say, ‘what is in Donald Trump’s mind’ except we’re tired of saying that. “I don’t know what world this person lives in.”
Both Democratic White House hopefuls excoriated the media for promoting Trump to GOP frontrunner status.
“The Republican Party today now is a joke, maintained by a media which really does not force them to discuss their issues,” Sanders scoffed. “All that I’m saying is that Trump is nobody’s fool. He knows how to manipulate the media – you say an absurd thing and the media is all over it.”
“Because media is what media is today, any stupid absurd remark made by Donald Trump becomes the story of the week,” Sanders added. “Maybe, just maybe, we might want to have a serious discussion about the serious issues facing America. Donald Trump will not look quite so interesting in that context.”
Clinton, meanwhile said, “Look, I’m not going to – you know, join in the chorus of bashing the press.”
And then, she did:
”For a long time, you know, I think the media just was in awe of the ratings spikes, and the amazing number of eyes that were willing to watch Trump do anything. And so he was basically unchallenged.”