During the CNN Town Hall forum last night, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he was never asked as a businessman about abortion, but it turns out that’s not the case. Trump was asked multiple times about abortion prior to his becoming a presidential candidate.
During the town hall, Trump described his conversion to the pro-life position on abortion and said he hadn’t given much thought to abortion before that.
TRUMP: Well, I mean, you could say, I am – as you know, I’m pro-life, and I was originally pro-choice. I will say this, that as a developer and as a businessman I’m not sure I was ever even asked the question, are you pro-life, pro-choice?
And it was not something that as one of magazines recently said, Donald Trump is a world-class businessman. He was never asked those questions before. But you know, if I was asked those questions years ago it’s something I never really gave much though to. But I’ve made certain changes. I have evolved. I talk about evolving all the time.
COOPER: I want to…
TRUMP: And by the way, you know who else evolved, is Ronald Reagan evolved. Because Ronald Reagan signed one of the toughest abortion laws in favor of abortion in California that had been signed in many, many years. And yet has a great president and a – pretty conservative – he wasn’t very conservative, but he was a pretty conservative president.
But was Trump ever asked about abortion before? It turns out the answer is yes — something Trump detractors on Twitter gleefully pointed out.
Trump says he was never asked about whether he was pro-life or pro-choice before he was a politician. He’s lying: https://t.co/0LjEYRE5E1
— Yair Rosenberg (@Yair_Rosenberg) March 30, 2016
In that 2000 interview, Trump spelled out his then-pro-abortion views:
“Well, look, I’m — I’m very pro-choice. I hate the concept of abortion. I hate it. I hate everything it stands for. I cringe when I listen to people debating the subject, but you still — I just believe in choice,” said Trump. “Again, it may be a little bit of a New York background because there is some different attitude in different parts of the country. And, you know, I was raised in New York, and grew up, and work, and everything else in New York City. But I am strongly for choice and yet I hate the concept of abortion.”
Trump is campaigning as a pro-life candidate now but he certainly was basked about abortion before and he certainly gave it enough thought to declare himself an abortion supporter.