Trump, DeSantis Camp Spar Over Abortion Limits
Ron DeSantis’ Presidential campaign fired back at former President Donald Trump on Sunday for his comments on abortion in a new interview with NBC News. Trump had criticized DeSantis for signing a six-week abortion ban in Florida earlier this year, calling it a “terrible mistake.”
DeSantis’ campaign later wrote on X,
“Trump says he will compromise with Democrats on abortion so that they’re nice to him: ‘Both sides are going to like me.’ Then he says it’s ‘a terrible thing’ babies with heartbeats are protected in Iowa, Florida, and South Carolina. Ron DeSantis will never sell out conservatives to win praise from corporate media or the Left.”
DeSantis’ communications director, Andrew Romeo, also piled on following Trump’s comments and criticized the former President’s track record.
“We’ve already seen the disastrous results of Donald Trump compromising with Democrats: over $7 trillion in new debt, an unfinished border wall, and the jailbreak First Step Act letting violent criminals back on to the streets,” Romeo said on X. “Republicans across the country know that Ron DeSantis will never back down.”
The ‘Meet the Press’ interview in question aired Sunday. Trump sat down with host Kristen Welker to discuss his views on abortion at length.
“Mr. President, I want to give voters who are going to be weighing in on this election… a very clear sense of where you stand,” Welker said.
“I think they’ll–I think they’re all going to like me,” Trump replied. “I think both sides are going to like me. What’s going to have to happen is you’re going to have to–”
“Mr. President,” Welker said, interrupting, “let me just ask this question, please —”
“Kristen, you’re asking me a question,” Trump responded. “What’s going to happen is you’re going to come up with a number of weeks or months. You’re going to come up with a number that’s going to make people happy. Because 92% of the Democrats don’t want to see abortion after a certain period of time.”
When Welker asked Trump if he would support a 15-week ban on abortion–like the one currently in effect in Florida–Trump said he would look for compromise between Republicans and Democrats. He also attacked DeSantis for signing off on a six-week heartbeat abortion ban.
“I would sit down with both sides and I’d negotiate something, and we’ll end up with peace on that issue for the first time in 52 years. I’m not going to say I would or I wouldn’t. I mean, DeSanctus is willing to sign a five-week and six-week ban.”
“Would you support that? You think that goes too far?” Welker asked.
“I think what he did is a terrible thing and a terrible mistake,” Trump responded. “But we’ll come up with a number, but at the same time, Democrats won’t be able to go out at six months, seven months, eight months and allow an abortion.”
The Florida Supreme Court is hearing challenges to the state’s 15-week abortion limit. If the law is upheld, the new ‘heartbeat’ six-week ban will take effect 30 days later.
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