Fox News' Andrea Tantaros concocts insane conspiracy theory to defend Donald Trump's extreme anti-abortion position(s)

Trump took three different anti-abortion positions in three hours, yet somehow, Tantaros says he fell into a "trap"

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published March 31, 2016 8:16PM (EDT)

  (Fox News/"Outnumbered")
(Fox News/"Outnumbered")

Not sure if I should blame this one on Sarah Palin -- for lowering the standard of intellectual curiosity required for one of the highest offices in the land so much so that asking a question is somehow an attack -- or Sean Hannity -- for so intensely training his one-track, anti-Hillary Clinton zealotry throughout Fox News consistently from the 2007 "Stop Hillary Express" days all the way through seven years of Obama Derangement Syndrome. In either case, it came as little surprise to hear that a Fox News anchor rushed to the defense of Donald Trump's supposed "misspeak" on the potential punishments for women who seek abortions once Trump outlaws the procedure, or even that the perennial conservative boogeyman, Clinton, was evoked in the process. But that, in the mind of Andrea Tantaros, Trump's answer to a simple yes or no question is part of a larger liberal conspiracy orchestrated by Clinton as part of a "gender war" -- well, now, that's shockingly funny.

Of course, Tantaros engenders near daily groans as the co-host of Fox News' "Outnumbered," espousing such well thought out conspiracies like, campus rape investigations are actually a “war on boys," and school nutrition programs are "causing mental problems."

“What he did was he walked into exactly what Hillary Clinton wanted him to walk into, which is a trap,” Tantaros explained of Trump's abortion comments on Thursday, somehow blaming Clinton for Trump's response to MSNBC's Chris Matthews' question during a town hall on Wednesday.

"Do you believe in punishment for abortion, yes or no, as a principle?" Matthews plainly asked the Republican presidential frontrunner who earlier tried to evade the question.

"The answer is there has to be some form of punishment," Trump begrudgingly responded, only to flip back-and-forth on the matter in hours.

Tantaros argued that the entire exchange was somehow orchestrated by Clinton and the Democratic Party so that “they can get their upcoming gender war, which is exactly what they want."

Behold the sweet, twisted conspiracies that come from an entanglement of Trump-levels of blind devotion and toxic, dedicated anti-Clinton rage, via Mediate:

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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