Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) intimated during an interview Thursday on the Christian Broadcast Network that he was surprised that former President Trump didn’t “compliment” his “Heartbeat” bill and criticized the six-week abortion ban as “too harsh” in May.
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Host David Brody asked why Republicans should support the governor instead of the former president “who was very successful with evangelicals.”
DeSantis brought up his policies on “gender ideology” and abortion. Then he softly and deftly slammed Trump for ostensibly opposing his pro-life Heartbeat bill.
“Right to life. We were able to deliver the Heartbeat bill, which was a big, big deal and, you know, while I appreciate what the former president has done in a variety of realms, he opposes that bill. He said it was, quote, ‘harsh’ to protect an unborn child when there’s a detectable heartbeat. I think that’s humane to do. I think pro-lifers have been wanting to see, you know, good pro-life protections, whether it’s Florida or Iowa under Kim Reynolds. Very important that you’re able to get this stuff done,” he asserted during the interview.
“I don’t think there’s been anyone that’s really been delivering on these key issues more consistently than me,” DeSantis adamantly declared. “A lot of times what Republicans, and even conservatives, will do is they’ll say, ‘Ok let’s just slow the left down a little bit.’ So it’s kind of like managed decline. No, no, no, I’ve reversed the decline in Florida. We’re on offense in Florida, and you know what? People are responding positively.”
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Brody got to the heart of the matter and bluntly asked, “Do you feel the former president’s going soft then on abortion a little bit?”
“I think so,” DeSantis replied. “I was really surprised because he’s a Florida resident and I thought he would compliment the fact that, you know, we were able to do the Heartbeat bill, which pro-lifers have wanted for a long time.”
In May, following Trump claiming to The Messenger that “many people within the pro-life movement feel that” DeSantis’ Heartbeat bill was “too harsh,” and would cost the governor votes from women, DeSantis clapped back.
#BREAKING: DeSantis hits Trump on suggesting the six-week abortion ban may be “too harsh”
“As a Florida resident, he didn’t give an answer about ‘would you sign the heartbeat bill that Florida did?’ […] He won’t answer whether he would sign it or not.” pic.twitter.com/2yYoYZSt7F
— Florida’s Voice (@FLVoiceNews) May 16, 2023
“Protecting an unborn child when there’s a detectable heartbeat is something that almost probably 99 percent of pro-lifers support,” DeSantis remarked at a press conference referring to Trump’s stance on abortion. “It’s something that other states like Iowa under Governor Kim Reynolds have enacted and I think that, as a Florida resident, he didn’t give an answer about would you have signed the Heartbeat bill that Florida did that had all of the exceptions that people talk about. The legislature put it in. I’ve signed the bill, I was proud to do it.”
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