Trump's 'big brain' misfires on dealing with abortion issue

The Hill:
Ted Cruz lashed out at Donald Trump on Wednesday for saying that women who get abortions illegally should be punished.

“Once again Donald Trump has demonstrated that he hasn’t seriously thought through the issues, and he’ll say anything just to get attention,” Cruz said in a statement.

“On the important issue of the sanctity of life, what’s far too often neglected is that being pro-life is not simply about the unborn child; it’s also about the mother — and creating a culture that respects her and embraces life.

"Of course we shouldn’t be talking about punishing women; we should affirm their dignity and the incredible gift they have to bring life into the world,” he added.

Trump was asked what a nationwide ban on abortion would look like in an interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews.

“The answer is that there has to be some form of punishment,” Trump said.

“For the woman?” Matthews asked.

“Yeah, there has to be some form,” Trump responded.

Trump's comments sparked a firestorm. The celebrity businessman later attempted to walk back the comments in a statement released later on Wednesday.
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What?  Trump made a mistake?  How can that be?   This is what happens when someone like Trump thinks he does not have to carefully consider his answers beforehand.  Cruz, on the other hand, gives a thoughtful and compassionate statement.   Trump is already in trouble with women voters and this screw up is unlikely to help him.

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