A spokeswoman for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gave an explanation as to why he misspeaks so often on the campaign trail, like when he said women who have illegal abortions should be punished (video below).
“When you are a political candidate for eight months, you are speaking off the cuff,” Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson told Megyn Kelly on “The Kelly File" on March 31.
“That’s one of his appeals, that he’s not a scripted politician,“ she continued.
During a March 30 interview with MSNBC host Chris Matthews, Trump said women who have illegal abortions should face “some form of punishment,” according to CNN. Hours later, he clarified his stance by stating that the woman is a victim and the doctors who perform the abortions are` who should be punished.
On “The Kelly File,” Pierson defended Trump’s abortion remarks and subsequent clarification.
“With regard to this specific account with abortion, Mr. Trump did provide a statement, two actually, one on the proposed ban because at first, Megyn, the media frenzy was that Trump called for a ban on abortion, which in fact he did not," she said. "That was the original statement about leaving it to the states."
“The second statement was with regard to women, where he wanted to clarify that he does not support punishing women for having an illegal abortion,” Pierson continued.
“Then why did he say he did?,” Kelly asked, citing critics who think his comments show he has not thought the issue through or given it any real consideration.
Pierson responded by saying that Trump’s critics will say anything and that there is a “full-blown anti-Trump movement going on.”
“Everyone is out to try and stop Donald Trump from winning the nomination,” she said.
Pierson added that Trump’s comment about women being punished for having illegal abortions was made in a “hypothetical context.”
“Mr. Trump was speaking about the legality here,” Pierson said. “This was a hypothetical context of something happening that was illegal. Mr. Trump was just re-stating, ‘Yes, if something’s illegal, they should be punished.’ That’s why he clarified, for distinguishing the difference between the woman and the actual person committing the procedure that was not legal.”
Trump contends that he is pro-life with exceptions.