Donald Trump says his controversial comments about abortion were taken out of context

By Tierney McAfee
April 01, 2016 11:25 AM
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Donald Trump‘s women problem is getting worse.

A Gallup poll released Friday shows that seven in 10 women have an unfavorable view of the GOP front-runner.

Male voters in the poll also gave Trump a negative but significantly better rating, with 58 percent viewing him unfavorably.

Trump’s gender gap is larger than any other major candidate’s, according to the poll. His rating among women began to decline last fall and has plummeted even further since January. The drop-off shown in the poll preceded the billionaire businessman’s controversial comments on abortion during a town hall in Wisconsin on Wednesday.

Facing widespread backlash over his suggestion that women who obtain abortions should face punishment if the procedure was banned in the U.S., Trump claimed Thursday night that his remarks were taken out of context.

“This was a long, convoluted question,” Trump said on O’Reilly Factor. “This was a long discussion and they just cut it out.”

MSNBC responded later Thursday with a statement saying: “The town hall interview with Donald Trump was taped in advance and then aired in its entirety. Absolutely no part of the exchange between Trump and Chris Matthews was edited out.”

Trump acknowledged later in the O’Reilly Factor interview that, “It could be that I misspoke.”

Following his initial comments Wednesday, Trump released a statement saying that “the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman.”