Former President Donald Trump is known for speaking his mind with very little filter.
While for many this is a refreshing change from most politicians, sometimes it can cause Trump problems.
Like how Donald Trump turned on his base when he attacked Ron DeSantis for being too Pro-Life.
Sometimes when people tell the truth in stark terms it comes back to bite them.
It’s all in how you say it
Former President Trump attacked Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for his abortion stance recently, suggesting in an interview that Florida’s six-week restriction was “too harsh.”
Trump made the comment in an interview with The Messenger published on May 15.
Trump also refused to elaborate on his own stance regarding abortion, instead claiming he heard that Pro-Lifers opposed DeSantis’ 6-week ban.
Trump said, “He has to do what he has to do. If you look at what DeSantis did, a lot of people don’t even know if he knew what he was doing. But he signed six weeks, and many people within the Pro-Life movement feel that that was too harsh.”
While Trump was roundly criticized by many in the Pro-Life movement, the sad fact is, he is correct.
There are many establishment RINOs and self-proclaimed Pro-Life groups who do not favor anything more than a 15-week ban.
A 15-week ban of course would only stop about 6% or 7% of all abortions.
When asked about whether he would support restrictions on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, Trump replied simply, “I’m looking at all options.”
So while Trump may have said it wrong, and was correctly criticized for his own refusal to commit to anything specific, he was technically right.
Fighting “Pro-Life” groups to pass Pro-Life legislation
The sad fact is too many in the Pro-Life movement have become nothing more than establishment hacks.
They have given up on passing real, meaningful Pro-Life legislation and are letting RINO politicians like Virginia’s Glenn Youngkin and South Carolina’s Nancy Mace dictate the terms the Pro-Life community must accept.
For example, in Virginia the leader of Virginia’s supposedly biggest Pro-Life group stopped a member of the Virginia House from even introducing a Pro-Life bill because Glenn Youngkin didn’t want it.
And in Oklahoma, the state affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee is actively working to repeal or amend the Sooner State’s Pro-Life laws.
And in states like South Carolina, Nebraska, and even Florida, it was so-called “Pro-Life leaders” who held up or stopped Pro-Life legislation from passing.
Just like Ronald Reagan
But Trump does deserve criticism both for not staking out his position and for confirming in the interview that he supports exceptions in Pro-Life laws for “the life of the mother, raping and incest.”
“Just as Ronald Reagan was a believer in the exceptions, but I’m a believer in the exceptions,” he said.
Based on those comments one wonders what Trump thinks is too “harsh” about Florida’s 6-week ban.
While DeSantis’ abortion bill bans most abortions beyond six weeks it does include exceptions for rape and incest and existing state exceptions for life of the mother also remain in place.
Trump is going to have to stake out a position soon on the issue or risk losing his Pro-Life support.