“I think what he did was a terrible thing and a terrible mistake,” Trump told NBC’s Kristen Welker in an interview broadcast Sunday on “Meet the Press,” referring to a ban on abortion from six weeks signed by DeSantis in April.
In his comment, DeSantis stood firm with the Iowa governor. The law he signed is still pending in state courts.
“I applaud Governor @KimReynoldsIA and the Iowa Legislature for promoting a culture of life,” DeSantis wrote on X. “Donald Trump is wrong to attack the heartbeat bill as ” terrible “. Defending life is a noble cause.
Trump has also been criticized for comments from a number of conservative activists, including the head of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, an influential advocacy group, who also said the former president was “wrong » to do this. Since the Supreme Court overturned the 1973 decision Roe v. Wade in 2022, more than a dozen Republican-led states have banned abortion in most cases, while others have imposed significant restrictions. Many of these laws remain in dispute even though polls show the public generally favors access to the procedure.
Perhaps aware of the magnitude of the issue, Trump took to social media on Tuesday to defend his record on abortion.
“I was able to do something that no one thought possible, end Roe v. Wade” Trump wrote on Truth Social. “For 52 years, people talked, spent huge amounts of money, but failed to get the job done. I did the job!
“Like Ronald Reagan before me, I believe in the three exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother,” Trump also wrote. “Without exceptions, it is very difficult to win elections, we would probably lose majorities in 2024, and maybe the presidency itself, but you must follow your HEART!
Trump recently warned conservatives that they need to figure out how to talk about abortion in an election context. Republican leaders, including Trump, have expressed concerns that leaning too far on abortion restrictions would not have delivered results in the 2022 midterms.
Democrats are trying to make abortion access a central part of their political strategy: President Joe Biden has made it central to his re-election campaign, and Democrats have sought to include provisions related to abortion. abortion on state ballots. And after the Trump interview, Democrats missed what they saw as Trump’s attempt to cross the line. Global figures for Biden and his campaign have sent messages and statements highlighting how the former president contributed to the downfall of Roe.