Blaming former President Donald Trump on the “abortion issue” as the reason behind the Republican underperforming in the 2022 midterm elections has been dismissed by at least one conservative anti-abortion group.
Trump deflected blame for his party’s performance in November, saying, “It wasn’t my fault that Republicans didn’t live up to expectations.” The former president has been finger-pointed for losing candidates in major high-profile races had supported, including Herschel Walker, Kari Lake and Tudor Dixon.
“It was the ‘abortion issue’ that was mismanaged by many Republicans, especially those who firmly insisted on no exceptions, even in the case of rape, incest or mother’s life, which lost large numbers of voters,” wrote Trump on Sunday on Truth Social. “Also, the people who fought so hard against abortion for decades got their wish from the US Supreme Court and just disappeared, never to be seen again.”
Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America issued a rebuttal to Trump highlighting the group’s “expectations” of the Republican presidential nominees.
“The approach, tried and tested for a decade, to winning abortions in federal elections is to state clearly the ambitious consensus position on demise and contrast it with the extreme view of Democratic opponents,” the organization said in a statement Monday. “We look forward to fully expressing this position from Mr. Trump and all presidential candidates.
“There was ALSO a profound midterm lesson for future federal candidates: Those who adopt the ostrich strategy on abortion lose,” she added.
The ostrich metaphor refers to those who pretend certain things don’t exist and bury their heads in the sand as an ostrich would.
A Video posted on Twitter by the Patriot Takes account shows Trump ignoring a question in support of a bill introduced last year by Senator Lindsey Graham that would ban abortions nationwide after 15 weeks. This proposal received no real support from Graham’s Republican counterparts in the Senate.
Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan, a Republican, also rebuked Trump’s post, writing on Twitter that the abortion did not cost the GOP political power.
“GOP lost control of the Senate THREE cycles in a row and it wasn’t the fault of the pro-life movement,” Phelan tweeted Monday. “It was your handpicked candidates who underperformed and lost ‘big’. May 2023-24 new GOP leadership takes PRIDE to protect the unborn.”
Democratic New York Rep. Ritchie Torres tweeted that Trump’s words “show that a broken watch gets right twice a day”.
“Trump can’t get a handle on his own role in reversing Roe vs. Wade and reducing the so-called ‘red wave’ to a trickle,” Torres wrote in a likely reference to Trump’s appointment of conservative Supreme Court justices that ultimately have helped reverse 50-year-old precedent.
Democratic California Representative Ted Lieu tweeted that Trump never believed that life begins at conception and that his views are only suited to gaining power.
“Now that you’re no longer useful to him, Trump blames you for the loss and wants you to shut up,” Lieu wrote. “If you’re still supporting him, you don’t respect yourself.”
news week reached out to the Republican National Committee and other anti-abortion groups, including National Right to Life and Americans United for Life, for comment.
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