‘Big mistake’: Ron DeSantis says Donald Trump ‘wrong’ on abortion

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'He claimed to be pro-life.'

Florida’s Governor is speaking out against former President Donald Trump’s abortion position, calling it out of step with what Republicans want.

During an interview with ABC News, Ron DeSantis took Trump to task for being “wrong” on abortion, days after the former President deemed Florida’s Heartbeat Protection Act to be “a terrible thing and a terrible mistake.”

“I think that if you have something where you have a baby that has a detectable heartbeat, if you’re pro-life, you would want to say that there should be protections there,” he told Linsey Davis. “And if he’s saying, ‘That’s a terrible thing,’ I know most pro-life voters would think that he’s wrong.”

DeSantis also suggested that the Trump of 2023 is not the same man who ran for President in 2016.

“I think he’s taking positions that I think are different from what he took in 2015 when he first came onto the scene. And I do think he’s a different candidate today than he was back then. And I think the one back then was probably closer to where Republican voters want to be than the latest iteration,” he said.

“He claimed to be pro-life. He spoke at the March for Life and was waxing eloquently about how everybody counts,” DeSantis added. “For him to then attack people like Iowa, South Carolina, Florida, all these other states, I thought that was a big mistake.”

DeSantis made similar comments earlier this week.

“Donald Trump may think it’s terrible. I think protecting babies with heartbeats is noble and just and I’m proud to have signed the heartbeat bill in Florida and I know Iowa has similar legislation,” DeSantis said on Radio Iowa. “I don’t know how you can even make the claim that you’re somehow pro-life if you’re criticizing states for enacting protections for babies that have heartbeats.”

A.G. Gancarski

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


  • Ocean Joe

    September 20, 2023 at 5:29 pm

    As stupid as Trump is about so many things, he understands most folks dont want government involved in this.

    We elect presidents, they do that white smoke thing to pick popes.

  • PeterH

    September 21, 2023 at 10:45 am

    Every Republican Candidate has vowed to ban abortion nationwide if they are given the chance!

    It’s called FREEDUMB!

    Republicans are America’s worst enemy!

    Vote all Republicans out of office.

  • Kathryn Schoen

    September 21, 2023 at 8:22 pm

    Embryos do not become fetuses until after seven (7) weeks. There is no detectable heartbeat in an embryo. I will forgo the heartbeat discussion as it applies to fetuses for purposes of this comment. However, reproduction specialists transplant multiple embryos into wombs of women, whilst all participants know full well that several will not survive. More importantly, how can DeSantis enact policies advocating gun possession when death by firearms is the leading cause of death in children, and those ages 0 to 25? Are embryos and fetuses more important than real, actualized persons?

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