Trump Thinks Appointing Pro-Life Judges ‘Automatically’ Overturns Roe V. Wade


Donald Trump sidestepped stating his position on Roe v. Wade in the final presidential debate on Wednesday night, saying instead that it would be “automatically” overturned if he appointed pro-life judges to the Supreme Court.

“Do you want the court, including the justices that you will name, to overturn Roe v. Wade?” moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump.

“I am pro-life and I will be appointing pro-life judges,” Trump said, claiming that the decision would then “go back to the individual states.”

When pressed to state his own position, Trump simply doubled down.

“If we put another two or perhaps three justices on, that will happen,” he said. “And that will happen automatically, in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court.”

Watch the exchange below:


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