As indicated in national polls and in the polls for the April 5 battleground primary in Wisconsin, Donald Trump’s astonishing popularity finally seems to be eroding. Most commentators have attributed this to one key gaffe.

Last Wednesday, at a Town Hall Meeting in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Trump was asked about the legal implications of his position that, with just a few exceptions, abortion should be made illegal. Trump first conceded that if abortions were banned, then many women would seek out illegal options. When pressed on what the consequences should be for those women, Trump stated that “there has to be some form of punishment.”

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