Former President Trump blamed pro-life Republicans for his party’s disappointing 2022 election results on Sunday.
Trump also defended his endorsement after many people blamed him for the Republican Party’s post-election defeat.
“It wasn’t my fault that the GOP didn’t live up to expectations in the midterms. I was 233 to 20!” Trump told Truth Social about his support over the medium term.
“What lost the majority of voters was the ‘abortion issue’ poorly handled by many Republicans, especially those who insisted on no exceptions in cases of rape, incest, or even the mother’s life. ” he insisted.
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“Also, those who have been strongly opposed to abortion for decades have taken their wishes from the U.S. Supreme Court and disappeared never to be seen again,” Trump added.
Twitter CEO Elon Musk, who brought the former president back to the platform in November, agreed. “Almost accurate [to be honest]'” Musk replied to a screenshot of Trump’s social media post.
However, the Pro-Life Group rejected allegations that their position alienated voters.
Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America argues instead that Republicans have failed to clearly articulate or contrast Democrats’ “extreme” abortion views with their pro-life views. claimed to have lost to
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“Here’s a decade-proven approach to winning abortion in federal elections: articulate the pro-life position of the ambitious consensus and contrast it with the extreme views of your Democratic opponents. Trump and all presidential candidates,” an SBA List representative told Fox News Digital.
The group said a “deep interim lesson” for national candidates to take for the future is that “those who adopt the ostrich strategy on abortion lose.”
Live Action founder Lila Rose called Trump “crazy.”
“Trump is insane in life. will lose his political strategy,” she wrote on Twitter.
President Kristan Hawkins, a tenured student, said Trump “needs to revise” this view.
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Hawkins argued that the candidates who were the most vocal about their life-saving stance did well in the midterms.
“Leaders like Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sen. Ted Budd and Marco Rubio, who proudly spoke of their pro-life beliefs this November, won a landslide victory,” she said. Said.
But on the abortion issue, she said, those who flipped out or went silent failed.
“Pro-Trump politicians like Dr. Mehmet Oz and Blake Masters have struggled to articulate their beliefs,” she wrote.
In a further tweet, Hawkins claimed that “virtually every state legislator” who championed “life protection bills from drug-abortion drug regulations to heart rate regulations” had been re-elected.
Organizations that support the choice were also critical of Trump’s statement.
“Donald Trump’s sad attempt to pivot on abortion rights after voters adamantly rejected the extreme anti-abortion agenda, which he defended as president, and the three anti-selective Supreme Court It was a priority when appointing judges.It’s comical,” Jenny Lawson, executive director of Planned, wrote to Fox News Digital.
“As we saw in the midterm elections, anti-abortion politicians can try to escape extreme views, but they cannot hide from the truth or their record. We are just beginning to see the devastating public health consequences of a court decision to reverse. Law vs Wade, So in 2024 and for years to come, voters will see abortion top of mind again,” she predicted.
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Trump’s comments sparked strong reactions on Twitter from both the left and the right.
Democratic Rep. Ted Liu has warned supporters that continuing to endorse Mr. Trump would be “disrespecting” himself.
“Dear anti-abortion voters: Trump never believed that life began at conception. He used the abortion issue only to gain power. Now gone, Trump blames you for losing and wants to shut you up.You still stand by him but you disrespect yourself,” he tweeted. did.
Fox News contributor Ben Domenech argued that the former president’s claims did not match reality.
“Literally zero Republican candidates think abortion should be banned when a mother’s life is in danger,” he tweeted. He said, “The most popular R incumbents all won! DeSantis, Kemp, Abbott, DeWine go down the list. And all the Senate candidates who won were also super supportive.”
In a follow-up tweet, Domenech accused Trump of being “extremely stupid” for “betraying the pro-life cause.”
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During his term, Trump appointed three conservative justices to the Supreme Court. Fox News contributor Marc Thiessen says it made him “the greatest lifelong president in American history”.
The High Court overturned Roe v. Wade last June, leaving abortion decisions to the states. In the November elections, voters in several states supported a ballot proposal to protect abortion rights.