(Radio Iowa) Former President Donald Trump is warning that Republican candidates may get clobbered in 2024 if they don’t learn how to properly talk about the abortion issue. Trump also reminded a crowd in Dubuque on Wednesday that he appointed three U.S. Supreme Court justices who helped overturn Roe v Wade.
“I got the job done. I got it done,” Trump said. “…This issue has been returned to the states where all legal scholars on both sides felt it should be.”
Trump recently said on NBC’s Meet the Press that Florida’s six week abortion ban had been a terrible mistake. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who’s running against Trump, told Radio Iowa Trump can’t claim to be pro-life after making that statement. Trump talked about the abortion issue in general yesterday (Wednesday).
“Like Ronald Reagan before me, I believe in the three exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother. I believe in that. It’s very important,” Trump said. “Without the exceptions, it is very difficult to win elections.” Trump was endorsed yesterday (Wednesday) by an eastern Iowa lawmaker who’s pushing for a ban on all abortions, but Trump cautioned against that.
“You have to follow your heart,” Trump said. “At the same time, we have to win elections, otherwise we’ll be back where we were.” Earlier Wednesday afternoon, Trump told a crowd in Maquoketa that he’s been enduring what he called “made up allegations” since he first ran for president and that’s why his supporters are dismissing the criminal indictments he now faces.
“Because the people know me so well, they know it’s all bullshit. It’s all bullshit. They know that,” Trump said. “They say: ‘He questioned the election.’ Well, everybody in this room questioned the election.” Trump made his comments after a man in the crowd on the Jackson County Fairgrounds asked this question.
“No man can endure what you have endured. Do you realize God is behind you and strengthening you?” the man asked. Trump replied: “I appreciate what you’re saying. I understand what you’re saying, too. It’s been a terrible thing in so many ways.” Trump says he’s gratified by his standing in national polls that show he has the backing of about 60 percent of Republican voters.
“We’re going to get out there and we’re going to get out the vote, that Caucus vote, which is very important and you know last time, I was leading. I was beating everybody, but they didn’t do the Caucus thing too well and I learned a lot and we went to New Hampshire and we knocked ’em dead,” Trump said. “We did very well here. We came in second. This is my only second. I don’t like second, though. Then we won the race.” Trump finished about three points behind 2016 Iowa Caucus winner Ted Cruz. A couple of days later, Trump accused Cruz of cheating and asked for a re-vote or that Cruz’s Iowa Caucus results be thrown out. Trump reminded audiences in Dubuque and Maquoketa that the 2024 Iowa Caucuses are on January 15th.
“In less than four months from now, we’re going to win the Iowa Caucuses in a historic landslide,” Trump said. “I think it’s going to be a landslide. You see what’s going on with the polling.” Trump said he expects to campaign in Iowa five or six more times before the Caucuses.