Mike Pence Very Upset With Donald Trump Over Abortion

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Earlier in the week, former President Donald Trump made a surprise announcement about abortion. Saying, “My view is now that we have abortion where everyone wanted it from a legal standpoint, the states will determine by vote or legislation, or perhaps both. And whatever they decide must be the law of the land. In this case, the law of the state,” Trump said in a video posted to his Truth Social account.

“Many states will be different,” Trump continued. “Many will have a different number of weeks, or some will have more conservative than others, and that’s what they will be. At the end of the day, this is all about the will of the people.”

That has left many pro-lifers upset, but no one may feel more betrayed than Mike Pence, Trump’s vice president. 

USA Today writes that Trump’s former running mate is up in arms over the announcement. 

“President Trump’s retreat on the Right to Life is a slap in the face to the millions of pro-life Americans who voted for him in 2016 and 2020,” Pence shared on the social media site X, formerly Twitter, on Monday.

Trump did not immediately comment on Pence’s criticism, but he responded to other Republican critics later in the day by saying that their calls for a national abortion ban would hurt him and other GOP candidates in the fall elections.

Democrats “love this Issue, and they want to keep it going for as long as Republicans will allow them to do so,” Trump said in a Truth Social post about another fellow Republican, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

In his video statement on Monday, Trump praised the ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade, but he said it meant that the states should decide the issue.

“The states will determine by vote or legislation or perhaps both,” Trump said in the video. “And whatever they decide must be the law of the land. In this case, the law of the state”

Graham had reportedly expressed his disagreement with former President Trump’s recent decision to withdraw his support for a national 15-week abortion ban.

Trump’s move undermined most of Biden’s planned campaign for the fall, but that did not stop the incumbent president from just running with it anyway. 

Politico noted that “President Joe Biden lashed out at Donald Trump’s announcement Monday that abortion should be left up to the states and warned of consequences should Trump win in November.

‘No one trusts Donald Trump,’ Biden said, pointing to how the former president made a “political deal” with the anti-abortion right.

The president went on to say that his predecessor’s lack of endorsement for a national ban was an illusion. ‘If they put one on his desk, he said he’d sign it.'”

The remarks sounded familiar to the liberal argument in 2016 that Donald Trump would lead us to World War III. In reality, the four years under Trump were some of the most peaceful in decades. 

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