In an interview to be broadcasted on Friday’s “700 Club” on the Christian Broadcasting Network, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis claimed that Donald Trump is becoming less assertive on the topic of abortion. DeSantis warned that Trump has gone soft on abortion and doesn’t view protecting the lives of the unborn as one of his priorities. The governor is coming off of a major pro-life victory after his state recently passed a heartbeat-bill which bans abortions in Florida after six-weeks.

Here are DeSantis’ comments on Trumps soft abortion stance:

DeSantis continued, “The other thing is, I don’t think there’s any elected official in the country who’s not only stood up for the values that we all share, but has actually beat the left back on these things.” And “I think there have been a lot of Republicans through the years who have said they would do things, but when it really gets tough, are you able to stand your ground and do it? Right to life, we were able to deliver the heartbeat bill, which was a big, big deal. And while I appreciate what the former President has done in a variety of realms, he opposes that bill. He said it was ‘harsh’ to protect an unborn child when there’s a detectable heartbeat.”

Brody then asked, “You mentioned abortion, do you feel the former President’s going soft then on abortion a little bit, especially in this area that you mentioned?”

DeSantis responded, “I think so. I was really surprised, because he’s a Florida resident. And I thought he would compliment the fact that we were able to do the heartbeat bill, which pro-lifers have wanted for a long time. He never complimented, never said anything about it. Then, he was asked about it and he said it was ‘harsh.’”

DeSantis’s comments not only emphasize his achievement with the recent heartbeat-bill but also underline his concern over Trump’s perceived softening stance on abortion, implying that the battle lines over this polarizing issue are not merely drawn between different political parties but also exist within them. As the conversation continues, it will be intriguing to see how these debates shape the GOP’s broader approach to this matter and the potential repercussions this could have on its voter base.

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