A day after his campaign team had to revise Trump’s remarks he made about abortion in an interview, Donald Trump today claims that he faces a “double standard” from the media that is experienced by no other candidate.
“What I said was so good, it was so perfect, and then they look, they say, ‘Oh, maybe he should’ve added a word.’ Well actually the way it came out, they took words out that I said,” Trump told supporters at his Saturday rally in Racine, Wisconsin.
Trump was referring to a clip from CBS’ “Face The Nation” in which the presidential candidate said he doesn’t think the current abortion laws should be changed.
“I think it would’ve been better if it were up to the states. But right now, the laws are set. … At this moment, the laws are set. And I think we have to leave it that way,” Trump told CBS’ John Dickerson.
Trump’s campaign released a statement shortly after the interview, clarifying that abortion laws would change i
“Mr. Trump gave an accurate account of the law as it is today and made clear it must stay that way now — until he is President. Then he will change the law through his judicial appointments and allow the states to protect the unborn. There is nothing new or different here,” wrote campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks.
Trump’s statement on abortion to CBS follows his outrageous comment about banning abortion on MSNBC, saying that women who perform the “crime” should receive “some form of punishment,” although he did not specify as to what the punishment would be. Trump quickly revised his statement, saying that the punishment should be inflicted on abortion providers, not the women who undergo the abortions.
On Saturday, three days before the Wisconsin primary, Trump accused the media of twisting his words, saying that their portrayal of him was “very, very unfair.” He added that “the problem is they don’t do it with everybody.” Trump then quoted a CNN interview with his Republican rival John Kasich, saying the Ohio governor gave “a horrible answer” to an abortion question.
“I called up my people and I said just out of curiosity, is that going to get any press? I said his answer was horrible. And they said well let me check, so far no press,” said Trump, hinting that this “injustice” was unique to his campaign.
Trump, who trails Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Wisconsin by 10 points in a Marquette University Law School poll released this week some Wisconsin polls, told the crowd in Racine that he’s comforted by the fact that although he believes the media treats him unfairly, “the people get it.”