Donald Trump claims Ron DeSantis ‘losing women’ with hard-line abortion position

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'Ron DeSantis has a big problem with women voters.'

Former President Donald Trump is responding to Ron DeSantis’ criticisms of his abortion position by saying the Florida Governor is losing support from women in polls.

Trump told Newsmax’s Rob Schmitt that DeSantis is “losing women voters like crazy.”

“Ron DeSantis has a big problem with women voters,” Trump added. He suggested women Republicans are recoiling from the state’s recently passed Heartbeat Protection Act, which bans most abortions after the sixth week of gestation.

“I’m leading him by 40 and 50 points,” Trump added, referring to various polls of the race without being specific.

The comments from Trump on Tuesday evening constituted the latest clapback in the abortion debate between the two rivals for the Republican presidential nomination. The former President issued them hours after searing criticism from DeSantis about his inability to say if he backed the six-week abortion ban.

“I signed the bill. I was proud to do it. He will not answer whether he would sign it or not,” DeSantis said of Trump in Lighthouse Point Monday.

“Protecting an unborn child when there’s the detectable heartbeat is something that almost, probably, 99% of pro-lifers support. It’s something other states like Iowa under Gov. Kim Reynolds have enacted,” DeSantis continued.

“And I think that as a Florida resident, you know, he didn’t give an answer to the question, ‘Would you have signed the heartbeat bill that Florida did that had all the exceptions that people talk about?’ The Legislature put it in.”

The Governor’s fiery comments came after Trump offered meandering remarks in an interview published Monday.

In an interview with The Messenger, Trump said that even “pro-lifers” think the new six-week abortion ban is “too harsh.”

“Well, he has to do what he has to do. If you look at what DeSantis did, a lot of people don’t even know if he knew what he was doing. But he signed six weeks, and many people within the pro-life movement feel that was too harsh,” Trump told reporter Marc Caputo.

Despite the six-week ban in most cases, the law allows for certain exceptions.

2022’s HB 5 made no exception for cases of rape and incest, a controversy at the time. However, the new bill would allow abortion up to the 15th week of pregnancy if the woman was impregnated by human trafficking, rape or incest or a combination thereof. That exception would include statutory rapes.

Other exceptions would apply. If two doctors judge the pregnant woman to be in danger of dying or suffering “substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman other than a psychological condition,” she could have an abortion. That sole physician’s recommendation would suffice if only one doctor were available.

Likewise, if the fetus had a “fatal abnormality,” abortion would be permitted during the first two trimesters.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Dont Say FLA

    May 17, 2023 at 5:24 pm

    Rhonda should talk to Mitt Romney. Mitt has binders of women.

  • Michael K

    May 17, 2023 at 7:43 pm

    DeSantis is losing women, people who care about women, and educated people who believe in human rights and human dignity.

  • TD

    May 17, 2023 at 8:27 pm

    Trump literally responsible for Scotus overruling Roe v. Wade, so fake and ghey running from the left now.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 18, 2023 at 8:44 am

      Trump likes to take credit for the SCOTUS appointments he got to make, but he only happened to be the guy that got into office when Mitch McConnell would allow SCOTUS appointments through the Senate. Spoiled rich brat Trump was a lucky fool but his luck running out, finally. Same as Elon Musk, just another spoiled rich kid, same as Osama Bin Laden, spoiled rich kid.

  • GRD24

    May 18, 2023 at 9:04 am

    Ron is defending the extinguishing of defenseless human life. Trump is playing politics. DeSantis is right.

    “America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation.

    The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society.

    It has portrayed the greatest of gifts — a child — as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience.

    It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters” And, in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands from their husbands or other sexual partners.

    Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign.” (Mother Teresa — ,” Wall Street Journal

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 18, 2023 at 9:25 am

      Problem is, the alternative to safe and legal abortion isn’t that nobody has abortions anymore. The alternative is much worse. But as a GOP type, you won’t GAF until it’s your granddaughter that dies from shoving a coat hanger up there and ripping her own uterus due to how YOU voted. You’ll change your mind at that point once you’re personally impacted in that negative way. Until then, Godspeed to you and all your womens.

  • DeSantis is Toast

    May 18, 2023 at 9:56 am

    DeSantis has lost everybody but the fringe wacko-right.
    And most of the country leans left.

    Dude is toast in a national election. The abortion ban, the permitless carry and his Disney Debacle were his undoing. He should have just stuck to the moderate positions he held pre-2020.

  • DeSant is Losing

    May 18, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    DeSant is Losing. Qualifiers not necessary. He just losing.

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