Former President Donald J. Trump, a contender for the presidency in 2024, recently blamed the Grand Old Party’s stance on abortion for the party’s huge losses in the 2022 midterm elections, profoundly injuring some of his most ardent followers.
People should have anticipated that abortion would be a key platform issue for him, given that his opponents at CNN were eager to report on the difficulty forming among Trump’s pro-life followers when he declared his next bid for president.
“Anti-abortion proponents who believe Donald Trump’s crowning achievement was the overturning of Roe v. Wade said the newly declared 2024 contender will still have to earn their support in the upcoming Republican presidential primary – and he may be off to a rocky start.
In his more-than-hour-long speech announcing his candidacy, the former president omitted any mention of his anti-abortion credentials or his appointment of three of the conservative Supreme Court justices who ultimately abolished federal abortion protections. Within hours, Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, a leading anti-abortion group, released a statement pointedly dismissing candidates “who shy away from this fight.”
Though the group did not mention Trump by name, its message was clear: No matter what he did to advance the anti-abortion cause during his first term, he must continue to prove his commitment as he seeks a second term or risk losing some conservative coalition support.”
Indeed, Trump’s 2024 candidacy has been a muddled disaster since he departed the White House in 2020, despite widespread anticipation. After leaving the White House, Trump’s popularity among Republicans and Independents skyrocketed and remained relatively stable. Trump’s repeated statements and involvement in activities that make people uncomfortable with him as a candidate have perplexed a large number of individuals.
His remarks regarding the problematic nature of the Roe v. Wade decision will be harmful for him.
The Daily Mail reported on the latest gaffe:
“Former President Donald Trump declared Sunday ‘it wasn’t my fault’ that Republicans underperformed expectations in the midterms, blaming the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v Wade and his party’s position on abortion.
Trump, writing on his Truth Social platform, also threw in some of his regular criticism of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s spending on candidates.
‘It wasn’t my fault that the Republicans didn’t live up to expectations in the MidTerms. I was 233-20!’ he said, referencing his record with endorsements.
He then honed in on much of the party’s pro-life faction, saying: ‘It was the “abortion issue”, poorly handled by many Republicans, especially those that firmly insisted on No Exceptions, even in the case of Rape, Incest, or Life of the Mother, that lost large numbers of Voters.’ CONTINUE READING…