Trump fumes at Graham over support for 15-week abortion ban

Trump's remarks came in response to Graham's repudiation of his call to largely leave the issue to the states.
Donald Trump, Feb. 17, 2024, Waterford Township, Mich.

Former President Donald Trump on Monday took aim at South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham after he publicly repudiated the presumptive Republican nominee's stance on abortion and endorsed at 15-week abortion ban.

"Senator Lindsey Graham is doing a great disservice to the Republican Party, and to our Country," Trump declared in a Truth Social post. "At first he wanted no Abortions under any circumstances, then he was up to 6 weeks, where you're allowed Abortion, now he’s up to 15 weeks, where you're allowed Abortion, but what he doesn’t understand, or perhaps he does, is the Radical Left Democrats, who are destroying our Country, will never approve anything that he or the Republicans want."

"They love this Issue, and they want to keep it going for as long as Republicans will allow them to do so. Terminating Roe v. Wade was, according to all Legal Scholars, a Great Event, but sometimes with Great Events come difficulties," he continued. "Many Good Republicans lost Elections because of this Issue, and people like Lindsey Graham, that are unrelenting, are handing Democrats their dream of the House, Senate, and perhaps even the Presidency…"

Trump's remarks came in response to Graham's repudiation of his call to largely leave the issue to the states. The former president further endorsed maintained access to in vitro fertilization (IVF) and called for exceptions to abortion bans in instances of rape, incest, and threats to the life of the mother.

"I respectfully disagree with President Trump’s statement that abortion is a states' rights issue. Dobbs does not require that conclusion legally and the pro-life movement has always been about the wellbeing of the unborn child – not geography," Graham said the same day. "I will continue to advocate that there should be a national minimum standard limiting abortion at fifteen weeks because the child is capable of feeling pain, with exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother."

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