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Orlando focus group found Trump's abortion comments 'disgusting, excessive'



From Anita Kumar, a former St. Pete Times writer, and David Lightman of McClatchy.

ORLANDO -Despicable. Disgusting. And just plain excessive.

Voters in a crucial battleground state recoiled at Donald Trump’s graphic description of late-term abortions from the third and final presidential debate Wednesday.

“The way he was describing it – the language he was using – to try to get you to think that a woman literally wants to have it torn out of her it was just despicable,” said Julio Reynoso, 53, a retired school administrator from Orlando who is voting for Hillary Clinton. “He doesn’t even have a clue what a woman goes through. . . . He was trying to make it a fearful thing.”

Four people in a focus group conducted by McClatchy, the Bradenton Herald and the Miami Herald at the University of Central Florida, a key area in a key state, cited the vivid language as the most memorable moment in the 90-minute debate in Las Vegas.

“His disgusting description of a late-term abortion,” Valerie Wilson, 57, an unemployed technology writer from Orlando who supports Clinton, said when asked to list the most striking moment of the debate.

Several others criticized Trump for his opposition to abortion rights. By comparison, only one person mentioned Trump’s headline-grabbing statement that he may not concede if he loses the election.

Even Trump supporters thought the Republican nominee went too far in his description.

Robert Couch, 23, of Orlando, a student assistant who opposes abortion rights and is voting for Trump, called it an “extremely graphic description.”

“I don’t think he should have done that,” he said. “It was excessive.”

“It was super graphic,” said Derek Bruce, 43, an Orlando lawyer who said he was holding his nose and voting for Clinton.

Full story here.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 20, 2016 1:04pm]


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