Op Ed: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gave the nation his “Scarlet Letter” on Wednesday.
He said abortion should be outlawed and women who have them punished.
The New York Times said Trump declared his support for abortion and “there has to be some form of punishment” for women who have them.
Trump, as usual tried to back off, but his Republican opponents reportedly reacted by further hedging their guarantees to support Trump if he wins the nomination.
Trump said he didn’t need the support of Sen. Ted Cruz or Gov. John Kasich.
"Just when you thought it couldn't get worse," Hillary Clinton tweeted Wednesday, sharing a tweet about what Trump had said regarding abortion.
"Horrific and telling,” the Hill reported.”
The Times quoted from an exclusive interview Trump had with MSNBC. The news network brought a Trump spokeswoman on to explain what was going on but she said she had not been fully informed.
Trump also has been criticized by the other Republican candidates this week for refusing to fire his campaign manager, who was accused of assaulting a woman reporter.
Trump’s comments criticizing individual women have already caused his popularity among women to decline.
Trump also criticized Sen. John McCain, who was imprisoned by the North Vietnamese for seven years when his plane was shot down. He said people who are captured are not heroes.
The “Scarlet Letter,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850, tells the story of a woman required to a dress with the letter “A” on it because she had committed adultery.
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