When Donald Trump remarked that women who get abortions should be punished if the practice is outlawed, the Republican presidential frontrunner was speaking not only for himself but for all Republicans, Hillary Clinton said Tuesday.
During a town hall in Brooklyn focused on women, Clinton implored her supporters not to be misled into thinking Trump’s opponents are any better.
“You know Trump may be the most outrageous of the Republicans, he is saying what all of them believe,” Clinton said. “They want abortion to be illegal and they do want to punish women and doctors. He just committed the sin of actually telling people what they believe and so, this is a challenge that some of us have been dealing with for a long time.”
The issue of abortion rights, Clinton continued, “goes to the heart of women’s autonomy and independence and rights. It is critical to who we are and who we can be, so we must defend it.”
Trump reversed himself in two clarifying statements after making the remark during a MSNBC town hall, and later suggested to The New York Times that he misspoke. “If you answer one question inartfully or incorrectly in some form, or you misunderstood it or you misspoke, it ends up being a big story,” he said. “That doesn’t happen with other people.”