Michigan Governor Whitmer Scorches Trump on Abortion Lies

Michigan Governor Whitmer Scorches Trump on Abortion Lies

One of the rising stars of the Democratic Party was fighting Donald Trump over what she claimed to be the “lies” the former president had been telling the American people for years about his views on abortion rights.

Presumably the Republican Party’s choice to challenge President Joe Biden in 2024, Mr. Trump on Monday unveiled a film presenting his (present) position on abortion rights. He stated that he thought it should be up to the states to determine different and distinct criteria for abortion rights, but he declined to endorse a nationwide prohibition.

In response to moderator Kristen Welker’s claim that Mr. Trump was “straddling the line” on the matter, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer appeared on Sunday’s episode of Meet The Press on NBC.

“Well, I think your phraseology, “straddle the line” is generous. He’s lied. He’s lied over and over again to the people of this country,” the governor stated.

“It’s very clear abortion is not just on the ballot in places like Arizona and Florida; it is on the ballot in all 50 states,” Ms Whitmer added. “The former president has said many different times that he would sign a national abortion ban, and that’s really a very real possibility that would undo all the progress we’ve made in states like Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, et cetera.”

She implied that Mr. Trump

had “lied” to the American people, referring to his convoluted and protracted “evolution” on the matter. Before entering politics, Mr. Trump claimed to be in favor of a woman’s right to an abortion.

However, after he started his presidential campaign in 2015 and looked to form a coalition with the evangelical Christian right, he publicly opposed abortion rights.

Since then, he has often claimed credit for the nomination of three conservative justices to the Supreme Court, who eventually decided to overrule the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, which established abortion rights as federally protected.

However, he has also on multiple occasions seemed to at least toy with the idea of supporting a nationwide ban.

In 2022, Ms. Whitmer defeated a candidate supported by the former president; Tudor Dixon, her previous opponent, was perceived as being on the far right of the anti-abortion movement.

In the same year, a referendum initiative incorporating reproductive rights into the state constitution was adopted by voters.

In 2024, abortion is expected to remain a significant problem. This year, voters in a number of states, including Florida and Arizona, will decide whether Republicans have the political clout or the opportunity to pursue abortion restrictions at the federal level. Republicans also control the White House and two chambers of Congress.

Democrats are anticipated to make reproductive freedom a major campaign issue in 2024 after uniting around messaging on the subject.