Polls show Donald Trump continues to grow his lead over the rest of the Republican Presidential field.
But Trump appears to have hit a political landmine that could derail his re-election effort.
And Donald Trump heard three words that could end his Presidential campaign.
Democrats and the left-wing media want to turn the fact that Trump’s Supreme Court nominees overturned Roe v. Wade into a massive political liability.
In the 2022 Midterm elections, Republican candidates tried to ignore the issue of abortion and focus their messaging on crime, inflation, and immigration.
But Democrats hammered GOP Senate and gubernatorial candidates with hundreds of millions of dollars in ads smearing Republicans as wanting to kill women by supporting Pro-Life legislation.
The media knows Joe Biden’s sickly approval numbers – 42 percent in the most recent polling – means Democrats will lose if the election is a referendum on his performance in office.
That’s why the press is trying to rerun the 2022 playbooks and put Republicans on the defensive over abortion.
And in a rare mistake, Trump played right into their hands.
Trump’s campaign told the Washington Post that abortion is an issue that should be left to the states.
This was the position Mitch McConnell and other Republican establishment figures adopted during the disappointing Midterm elections.
Pro-Life organizations were furious.
Founder and executive director of Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising released a statement to the Daily Caller declaring Trump “unfit to lead” if he would not support a more aggressive Pro-Life position.
“Any candidate who does not vocally support a federal ban to stop the abortion genocide has not earned the support of the pro-life movement,” Bukovinac’s statement read. “Trump and other Republicans cowering in the face of literal child killing makes them totally unfit to lead. We will not allow both parties to turn their backs on the unborn.”
Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser declared that Trump’s position that some states should allow abortion on demand was “morally indefensible” and that her group would oppose any candidate who did not support – at a minimum – a 15-week national abortion ban.
“President Trump’s assertion that the Supreme Court returned the issue of abortion solely to the states is a completely inaccurate reading of the Dobbs decision and is a morally indefensible position for a self-proclaimed pro-life presidential candidate to hold. Life is a matter of human rights, not states’ rights. Saying that the issue should only be decided at the states is an endorsement of abortion up until the moment of birth, even brutal late-term abortions in states like California, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey. The only way to save these children is through federal protections such as a 15-week federal minimum standard when the unborn child can feel excruciating pain,” Dannenfelser began.
“We will oppose any Presidential candidate who refuses to embrace at a minimum a 15-week national standard to stop painful late-term abortions while allowing states to enact further protections,” Dannenfelser concluded.
A Gallup poll showed 70 percent of Republican voters consider themselves Pro-Life.
Pro-Life evangelicals also make up a critical majority in the Iowa Caucuses that kick off the nomination process.
And in 2000, 2008, 2012, and 2016, the candidate who ran as the Pro-Life Christian – George W. Bush, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and Ted Cruz – won the Iowa Caucus.
As a former President looking to fend off an establishment attempt to defeat him, Donald Trump cannot afford to show any weakness in the first four early states.
If Trump loses Iowa because Pro-Life voters pick a candidate more committed to their cause, the GOP establishment could do to him what the Democrats did to Bernie Sanders in 2020 when Party elites pressured all the other candidates to drop out and unify behind Joe Biden.