During a recent press conference, Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican from Florida, strongly criticized former President Donald Trump for not clearly stating his stance on a potential ban on abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat. This issue has become a significant focal point among Republican contenders, to the extent that analysts believe the backing of certain pro-life organizations could have a significant impact on the outcome of the upcoming presidential race.
The recent conflict between the two prominent Republican figures originated on Monday, May 15, when the former President expressed his belief that Governor DeSantis had adopted an excessively strict position regarding abortion based on fetal heartbeat. Trump went on to assert that certain influential pro-life organizations shared his sentiments regarding the actions of the Florida Governor.
In response to these remarks, DeSantis told reporters in Lighthouse Point, Florida, that “99 percent of pro-lifers support” the effort to safeguard an unborn child once doctors find a heartbeat and noted that many other states throughout the nation have already adopted similar policy. He gave the example of Kim Reynolds’ administration in Iowa.
DeSantis challenged the ex-president to confirm if he had endorsed the heartbeat legislation like Florida did. He expressed disappointment that Trump, as a resident of Florida, has remained silent on this crucial issue that matters to those who support the pro-life movement. DeSantis further highlighted that unlike Trump, he proudly declared his willingness to sign the Heartbeat Protection Act and emphasized the former president’s refusal to give a clear answer on whether he would do the same.
Although DeSantis has not made a formal declaration about running for president, various media sources have indicated that he may do so in the near future, given his strong support within the Republican Party. Every poll consistently positions the Florida Governor as the second most likely candidate to secure the GOP nomination, trailing only behind Trump.
Regarding the former President, all surveys indicate that he is the frontrunner and enjoys the highest level of popularity among the candidates, holding a substantial advantage over both DeSantis and other Republican contenders who have already declared their intention to run for president.