Donald Trump has seemingly been bulletproof during this primary season. Statements made on the campaign trail that would seemingly sink any other candidate have only served to boost Trump, as he cultivates an image of a anti-politician who says what he feels and does not measure responses to gain favor. In particular, he made derogatory comments about Mexicans, and criticized John McCain for getting captured and becoming a POW. Pundits anticipated that these comments would cause Trump to sink, but they just made his poll numbers better.
However, recent comments made regarding abortion may in fact damage his campaign. In an interview with Chris Matthews, Trump was asked about his stance on the issue and said “There has to be some form of punishment” for women who get abortions. This obviously angered pro-choice voters, but also did not sit well with conservatives, who feel the responsible party should be the doctors who perform the abortion.
In a rare event this primary season, Trump walked back his statement and clarified: “This issue is unclear and should be put back into the states for determination. Like Ronald Reagan, I an pro-life with exceptions, which I have outlined numerous times.” It remains to be seen if this misstep will create any resistance towards Trump from the conservative base, or if it even matters at this point with his strong delegate count. It will be interesting to see how his stance on the issue looks moving forward, as a more moderate approach (or even not directly answering the question at all) would likely play better with undecided voters.