In her unsuccessful quest to replace Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last year, Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon said that former President Donald Trump advised her to “talk differently about abortion.”
When discussing Trump’s views on abortion, Dixon stated, “I’ll tell my viewers that you came to me and you said, ‘You gotta talk differently about abortion.'” Dixon’s podcast episode featuring Trump aired on Wednesday. And we couldn’t make the necessary adjustments in time; you were right, sir.
Commentator Dixon, on the right, said the ex-president, “I hope that you are able to navigate that, that issue in ’24 and that we can win those women back because they are already putting out attack ads, and it is not a fair issue for them to attack on.”
In response, Trump said that the incident involving Dixon “happened to a lot of other people” but “didn’t happen to me because, you know, there’s a way of talking about it.”
After the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade, Dixon was just one of many Republican candidates who had trouble navigating the delicate politics of abortion during the midterm elections. During her campaign, Dixon maintained a staunch stance against making exceptions for rape and incest.
In the end, she lost the election to pro-choice candidate Whitmer by a margin of almost 10 percentage points.
Trump, on the other hand, has stated that he is in favour of making exceptions to abortion regulations in cases of rape, incest, and when the mother’s life is in danger. “They’re the radicals, we’re not the radicals, they’re the radicals, and you have to explain it,” Trump said of Democrats. We discussed the necessity of exceptions, and I agree that they should be granted.
The former president has avoided the topic of abortion on the campaign trail and has privately blamed anti-abortion hard-liners for the party’s poor performance in the 2022 midterm elections. He has indicated he thinks the federal government should help limit abortion, but he hasn’t mentioned what kind of federal legislation he’d back if he were reelected.
In spite of Trump’s repeated promotion of the three Supreme Court justices he appointed who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, the president has criticised Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ six-week abortion restriction, signed by one of his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination.