(AmericanProsperity.com) – Former President Donald Trump recently posted on Truth Social that poor GOP handling of the “abortion issue” was the real reason so many Republican candidates lost in the 2022 midterms. Pro-life group Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America has spoken out against the statement.
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In his post, Trump stated, “It wasn’t my fault that the Republicans didn’t live up to expectations in the midterms.” The former president was responding to the dismal 2022 outcome after his supporters and other members of the GOP had anticipated a “red wave” overtaking Congress and state leadership seats. In contrast, Business Insider reported that many Republicans blamed Trump for the disappointing outcome, noting he’d made too many poor choices in the hundreds of candidates he endorsed.
Trump’s deflection might be in response to claims that the massive defeat could signify that he’s finished in politics. According to POLITICO, the GOP has shifted its sights to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as a possible favorite. While the governor hasn’t made any official announcements, many experts believe he has a better chance of winning the presidency at this point.
Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America released its response to Trump’s post on January 2, 2023, and suggested he may have put himself on shaky ground by attacking any pro-life stance. The group also felt an “Ostrich Strategy” to abortions had set up the party for profound loss, suggesting the party take the midterm results as a teaching moment for future candidates.
The press release urged Trump and other presidential hopefuls to communicate their positions regarding abortions directly with voters. The group feels the GOP needs a “consensus pro-life position” moving forward and expects future candidates to offer their full, clear thoughts on the matter.
Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung defended the former president, noting that his track record of nominating pro-life judges should speak for itself, according to The Hill. Still, the 45th commander-in-chief might need to tread carefully because he will likely need the backing of pro-life supporters for his 2024 bid.
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