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Dem Rep: ‘Ultimate Punishment’ Is If Trump Elected President


Thursday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” while discussing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s comments about potentially punishing woman who have abortions, and after calling him “deranged,” Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) said the “ultimate punishment for women in this country would be if Donald Trump gets elected president.”

Speier said, “At this point, I don’t think you can describe Donald Trump in any way but deranged. Deranged Donald should be his label. He has made it so crystal clear that he thinks of women as chattel. And the fact that women would be punished for having a legal procedure is unbelievable to me.”

She continued, “I think women would find ways to terminate those pregnancies if in fact it was not in keeping with their needs, with their health care provider, or with their particular point in their lives. Family planning is a great way to prevent abortions. And yet, we have actually seen a reduction in family planning services in this country by figures that suggest it’s less than what we had in 1980. So not only do they want to cut down on abortions and prevent a woman from accessing abortions, they want women to not be able to get family planning services, which have always been available in this country. So Donald Trump speaks for the Republican party. Make no mistake about it. This is what they’re all thinking. They’re just not all saying it.”

She added, “They want to limit abortions. They want to make it so difficult for a woman to have this legal procedure that abortions will become prohibited in this country. So they all believe that. They may not believe in the punishment. But the ultimate punishment for women in this country would be if Donald Trump gets elected president.”

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