Charles Krauthammer argues Trump's abortion comments might actually cost him this time

Charles Krauthammer thinks Donald Trump may finally have stepped in it
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Charles Krauthammer has been a Donald Trump skeptic for months, and on Thursday's Kelly File, Megyn Kelly asked the regular Fox News contributor "whether you believe we have seen a Trump peak, and the momentum is shifting in this race," after Trump's rocky week — arrested campaign manager, fight over his and Ted Cruz's wives, and Trump's abortion gaffe. "Well, look, I've said it many times, and I was wrong every single time," Krauthammer said, comparing the phrase "peak Trump" to "peak oil," another oft-mentioned prediction that has yet to come true. But Trump had a "terrible week," he added, "and there's something about the abortion question" that could actually dent Trump's support.

With most policy shortcomings, Trump supporters have been able to argue that he'll be able to learn about, say, the nuclear triad in about half an hour, Krauthammer said. "That's fine. But abortion is the central issue of the conservative movement for the last 30 years, in terms of social issues. It is a deep one that anyone involved has thought through. The fact that he could give such an answer, which is so far afield from what the pro-life people and the movement think, tells you a) that he's not actually thought it through, and I think it might actually raise doubts in his supporters, who have stuck with him though all the other incidents and gaffes."

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Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.