Republican presidential candidate and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis warned pro-life Americans that former President Trump will “betray you” after the current 2024 Republican Party frontrunner’s recent criticism of the ban on abortion for six weeks.
In an interview Monday with Radio Iowa, DeSantis reacted to Trump’s appearance Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the first interview the former president has given since leaving office. While DeSantis said Trump deserved credit for his accomplishments on court appointments, the Abraham Accords, deregulation and other topics, the Florida governor vying for the White House took issue Trump’s promise to obtain an agreement between Democrats and Republicans on the number of weeks of pregnancy. This is the best way to restrict abortion.
“Every time he made a deal with the Democrats, whether it was on the budget, whether it was on the criminal justice First Step Act, they ended up taking him to the cleaners, and so, I think that if he gets into this, he’s “It’s going to make the Democrats happy when it comes to the right to life. I think all pro-lifers should know that he is preparing to betray you,” DeSantis said.
“Protecting babies with heartbeats is not great. Donald Trump may think it’s terrible. I think protecting babies with heartbeats is noble and right, and I’m proud to have signed the heartbeat bill in Florida, and I know Iowa has similar legislation.” DeSantis told Radio Iowa on Monday.
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Former President Trump, left, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis clash over the issue of abortion. (Getty Images)
Trump told NBC’s Kristen Walker that he thought DeSantis’ decision to sign a six-week abortion ban was a “terrible thing and a terrible mistake.”
“But at the same time, the Democrats are not going to be able to come out in six months, seven months, eight months and allow an abortion,” Trump added.
Former President Trump speaks to the Concerned Women for America legislative action committee September 15, 2023 in Washington, DC (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
While Florida state law currently prohibits most abortions after 15 weeks, DeSantis in April signed the Heartbeat Protection Act, which aims to restrict abortions after six weeks of gestation, with exceptions including women who are victims of rape, incest and human trafficking, or whose baby receives a devastating diagnosis of a fatal fetal anomaly.
A court ruling this fall could determine whether the law takes effect, as activists on both sides present petitions to amend the state constitution in their favor.
“I don’t know how you can even claim that you’re somehow pro-life if you’re criticizing states for passing pro-life protections for babies who have heartbeats,” DeSantis said Monday. “I thought the fact that he said these bills were terrible, I think that was a terrible statement, and I think it’s a window into how he changes as he runs this campaign , and I think it’s changing in a way that’s not consistent with the values of the people in Iowa.”
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During the NBC interview, Trump was asked whether he would support a 15-week federal ban on abortion, but the former president declined to specify a number of weeks. Trump instead took credit for the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe V. Wade, which he said gave pro-life Americans bargaining power for the first time in over a year. half century.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis salutes during the Family Research Council and FRC Action’s annual Pray Vote Stand Summit in Washington, DC, Friday, September 15, 2023. (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
“For 52 years, people, including Democrats, wanted it to go to the states,” Trump said. “I did something that no one thought was possible. And Roe v Wade ended. The case was sent back to the states. Now people – pro-lifers have the right to negotiate. For the first time. They had no rights because The radical people on this subject are actually the people, the Democrats, who say that after five months, six months, seven months, eight months, nine months, and even after birth, you Are you allowed to interrupt the baby.”
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DeSantis, on the other hand, said the pro-life movement was unprepared for last year’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, arguing that conservatives must be ready to move forward because “the left is going to try to put something on the ballot in Florida.” to overturn the heartbeat bill.