Trump Vows to Collaborate with Democrats on Abortion for Mutual Satisfaction, Declares Heartbeat Bills Terrible, Says Biden Isn't Too Old - Meet the Press Interview
Trump criticizes Republicans for their stance on abortion and vows to work with Democrats for a policy that satisfies both sides.
In a recent interview with "Meet the Press," former President Donald Trump criticized Republicans for their inarticulate stance on abortion. He expressed his willingness to work with Democrats in order to find a solution that satisfies both sides.
Trump emphasized that pro-life advocates now have the opportunity to negotiate, thanks to the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in June 2022. He referred to Democrats as the "radical people" when it comes to the issue of abortion, claiming that they support terminating pregnancies even after five, six, seven, eight, nine months, and even after birth.
When asked about his claim, Trump pointed to controversial comments made by then-Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, regarding third-semester abortions in 2019. Trump promised to create an abortion policy that brings everyone together.
However, Trump contradicted himself by stating that Democrats don't actually want to see abortions in the seventh month. He claimed that most Democrats are not radical on the issue and don't support killing babies in the later stages of pregnancy.
Trump expressed his frustration with how Republicans articulate their views on abortion, stating that some of them lack clarity and exceptions in their arguments.
When asked if he would sign a 15-week ban on abortion, Trump responded that he would sit down with both sides and negotiate a solution. He emphasized the importance of achieving peace on the issue after 52 years of division.
Trump criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for signing the Heartbeat Protection Act, which bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected or as early as six weeks of pregnancy. He called it a terrible mistake.
Regarding exceptions to abortion, Trump stated that he believes in having exceptions for cases of rape, incest, and when the life of the mother is at risk.
When asked about when he believes abortion should be illegal, Trump avoided giving a direct answer, stating that it could be determined at either the state or federal level.
Trump expressed confidence that both Democrats and Republicans will like his approach to the abortion issue. He believed that both sides could come together and agree on a specific number of weeks or months for legal abortions.
The interviewer, Kristen Welker, asked about the need for a new generation of leaders in the country. Trump acknowledged that it is always a good time for new leaders but mentioned that some of the greatest world leaders have been in their 80s. He defended his own age, stating that he is not yet 80 and that he doesn't consider 80 to be old.
When it came to the 2020 election, Trump admitted that he didn't listen to his lawyers' advice on challenging the results because he didn't respect them. He believed that some of them were not good or were Republicans in name only (RINOs). However, he did respect others who claimed that the election was rigged.
Trump stated that he doesn't worry about the possibility of going to jail and that he doesn't even think about it. He described the people he is dealing with as corrupt and accused them of destroying the country. He referred to the indictments against him as political and compared them to those seen in banana republics or third-world countries.
The full interview with Donald Trump can be watched below.