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Donald Trump blames MSNBC for his inability to answer straightforward question about abortion

The network noted in a statement that contra Trump's claims, the interview was not edited, but aired in entirety


Scott Eric Kaufman
April 1, 2016 5:59PM (UTC)

In an interview with guest host Eric Bolling on "The O'Reilly Factor" Thursday, Donald Trump accused MSNBC of deceptively editing his exchange with Chris Matthews during Wednesday night's town hall in order to make him look bad.

"You really need to hear it, the whole thing," he said. "This is a long, convoluted question -- this was a long discussion, and they just cut it out. But it was extremely -- it was extremely convoluted."

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MSNBC denied having edited the conversation, saying in a statement that "the town hall with Donald Trump was taped in advance and then aired in its entirety."

"Absolutely no part of the exchange between Trump and Chris Matthews was edited out," the statement read.

But Trump was adamant, claiming that he and Matthews talked at length "about Catholicism and his religion," and "went back and forth about that. This was a long, convoluted question, and if in fact abortion is outlawed the person performing the abortion is responsible for the act, not the woman. I've had the same stance as Ronald Reagan from the beginning."

Watch the entire interview below via Fox News.


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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