Trump Slams Lindsey Graham Over Comments Made

( Lindsey Graham is under fire from former US President Donald Trump, after the lawmaker blasted Trump’s stance on abortion policy. On April 8, Trump unveiled his official stance on abortion, which he said ought to be a matter left entirely to state governments. In response, Graham said that he disagrees with Trump on abortion being a states’ rights issue.

Graham contended that regulating abortion is about ensuring the wellbeing of unborn children, not a matter of geographic happenstance. Graham backed a national 15-week abortion ban, with exceptions for cases involving rape, incest, or threats to the mother’s life.

Trump criticized Graham for doing a “great disservice” to the Republican Party and the United States as a whole by pushing for national-level restrictions on abortion. Trump said that Democrats will never allow a restrictive national abortion policy to take effect and would politically benefit from keeping the issue in the spotlight.

Graham and other proponents of national-level abortion restrictions are “handing Democrats their dream” and could end up helping them win control of Congress and the White House, Trump said. Trump added that he blames himself for Graham, claiming that the senator only won his election because of his endorsement.

Graham was not the only Republican to speak out against Trump’s abortion policy. Trump’s former running mate, Mike Pence, also called Trump’s stance a “slap in the face” to pro-life Americans. Like Graham, Pence has backed a 15-week national abortion ban.

Criticisms of Trump’s stance from fellow Republicans raises questions about whether Trump can find a 2024 running mate who can defend his position on abortion. Potential running mates will have to square their own positions with Trump’s where they differ.

People familiar with Trump’s vice presidential search reportedly said that he is looking closely at potential running mates’ stances on abortion, which he believes could be successfully exploited by Democrats. Trump reportedly considers opposition to exceptions for abortion restrictions as unacceptable for a running mate.

It appears unlikely that Trump will consider the likes of Graham and Pence as a running mate, if they were ever even in contention in the first place.

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