Trump has certainly shown that he is a force to be reckoned with in the GOP primary, but the criticism that he’s lean on policy has hit home with the issue of Planned Parenthood defunding. The issue is terribly popular among conservatives, but Trump seems pretty squishy on it.
Here’s an interview with Chris Cuomo where he wouldn’t commit to totally defunding it, and seemed to want to avoid the issue altogether:
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Later on Fox News he reiterated the point, repeating that they do some good:
But here’s the kicker – just a week before those appearances, he advocated for literally shutting the government down just for the sake of defunding Planned Parenthood!
As you can imagine, Planned Parenthood is enjoying his flip flop, as evidenced in their statement about his comments, from NRO:
“Donald Trump seems to have realized that banning all abortions, shutting down the government, and defunding Planned Parenthood are extreme positions that are way too far outside the mainstream for even him to take,” said spokesman Eric Ferrero in a statement. “We hope that the rest of the GOP field will wake up and reconsider their extreme and unpopular positions on defunding preventive care, abortion bans, and the other economic issues that women and their families care about,” Ferrero continued.
Many might love his far right views on immigration, but I think his milquetoast approach to abortion defunding might not sit well with a lot of conservatives.