Don Jr. Busted as a Total Flip-Flopper, Was Pro-Choice and in Previous Interview Said it ‘Shouldn’t Even Be a Political Issue’
In just a little over a decade, Donald Trump Jr. has changed his tune on abortion.
Don Jr. is just as big of a loudmouth as dear old Dad and serves as an advisor to him. And apparently, in an interview with commentator Dave Rubin, he said Republicans should give up the anti-abortion fight, according to the New York Post.
“I don’t understand how you can tell someone what they can or can’t do,” he told Rubin on the conservative host’s former podcast.
“I can’t buy into the abortion argument,” Don Jr. said. “I wish the Republicans would drop it as part of their platform.”
“Abortion, I don’t get it. I don’t even understand how it’s a political issue,” he added. “I don’t understand how there’s one-issue voters for that.”
Don Jr.’s remarks have resurfaced because his father, former President Donald Trump, 76, recently lambasted Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), his potential 2024 Republican primary rival, for implementing a strict new law that further limits abortion access.
In an interview with The Messenger, published on Monday, the ex-president said: “Many people within the pro-life movement feel that that was too harsh.”
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DeSantis snapped back on Tuesday: “Protecting an unborn child when there is a detectable heartbeat is something that probably 99% of pro-lifers support.”
“I think that as a Florida resident, you know, he didn’t give an answer about, ‘Would you have signed the heartbeat bill that Florida did?’ It had all the exceptions that people talk about. The legislature put in. I signed the bill. I was proud to do it. He won’t answer whether he would sign it or not,” DeSantis added.
Don Jr. has apparently reversed his stance on abortion and is now tweeting pro-life statements and is especially targeting late-term abortions.
“Abortion supporters are doing everything in their power to end preborn lives by advocating for abortion from the moment of conception UP UNTIL BIRTH!” he wrote in a January post. “Wherever you are on the issue we can all agree that’s insane & way too far. Demand lawmakers protect life.”
The Post queried a DeSantis spokesperson for comment about Don Jr.’s seeming change of heart, but as of press time had not heard back.
But Andy Surabian, a rep for Donald Trump’s eldest son, said Don Jr.’s earlier views were shaped by his environment.
“Years before Don began engaging in politics, his views on abortion were largely shaped by his upbringing in liberal New York City, but no different than conservative heroes like Ronald Reagan and millions of other converts, he now proudly considers himself to be pro-life,” Surabian told The Post on Wednesday.
One person who knows Don Jr. told the Post he began to have a change of heart after doctors urged him to abort one of his children who displayed early signs of Down Syndrome. However, the test turned out to be a false positive, and that experience made him change his perspective on abortion.
It’s understandable that he may feel this way, but taking away the rights of women is still completely wrong, especially if a woman finds herself in a similar position. And there’s another caveat here: Screening for Down Syndrome doesn’t start until a fetus is at least 11 weeks old, according to Penn Medicine.
I would think that could throw a monkey wrench into DeSantis’s six-week abortion ban. So Junior can think whatever he wants. He can afford proper healthcare for his kids but many women can’t. With him and other Republicans being so hard-nosed about this, it’s bound to cause many tragedies that could have been prevented.
Some Republicans have argued that by taking a hardline stance on abortion, DeSantis may find himself in a politically vulnerable spot, but rather than back down, DeSantis has taken a tougher position to further denote that he’s a hardline Republican. And he backed up this stance by noting crucial early-voting state Iowa has adopted the same six-week ban.
He is expected to announce his candidacy within the next few days.
Here’s Don Jr. on Rubin’s defunct podcast.