Megyn Kelly, Mark Thiessen (Credit: Fox News)

Can Donald Trump win Fox News back? Increasingly, the answer seems to be a resounding "No"

He's "a liberal caricature of conservatism" -- "every time he opens his mouth, he alienates women"


Scott Eric Kaufman
April 1, 2016 5:06PM (UTC)

On "The Kelly File" Thursday, the Washington Post's Marc Thiessen argued that Donald Trump's disastrous week should indicate to conservatives why Democrats are happy to have him as the Republican candidate in 2016.

His recent comments on imposing "some form of punishment" on women who receive illegal abortions is "something that no conservative would say, but something that a liberal pretending to be a pro-life conservative would say."

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It's comparable to him having said "'two' Corinthians instead of 'second' Corinthians -- it's a tell that he really isn't conversant, doesn't understand what pro-lifers really believe."

"[Liberals] want to run against the Republican who wants to put women in jail," Thiessen added, "not the Republican who wants to stop abortion because women are victims just like the babies are."

Trump is saying "what liberals want to hear, because liberals want to run against caricatures of conservatives" -- but Trump is repeating the worst of these caricatures because "he believes that is what conservatives want to hear."

He is, Thiessen argued, actually waging "a war on women -- he tweeted out that picture of Heidi Cruz, he made fun of Carly Fiorina's face, he re-tweeted [a tweet] that said 'if Hillary Clinton can't satisfy her husband, what makes you think she can satisfy America.'"

"And then," he added, "there's his sick obsession with you. Every time he opens his mouth, he says something that alienates women."

Watch the entire exchange below via Fox News.

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Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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