(CNN) — Just days before Donald Trump is to hold his first campaign rally for the 2024 election in South Carolina, a state whose evangelical population has long played a key role in its presidential run, former Pres. lashed out at religious conservatives who refused to support His third presidential bid.
Trump’s Remarks to Conservative Journalist david brodythis Monday during an interview in which Criticized the “infidelity” of evangelical leaders The denials of his public support for his campaign are just the latest in a series of disparaging claims made about one of the most important voting blocs for the Republican primary.
No one has done more for the right to life than Donald Trump. I fielded three Supreme Court justices whose votes got them something they had been fighting for for 64 yearsFor many, many, years,” Trump said, referring to the Supreme Court decision to Brody repealed the federal right to abortion Last summer in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision.
“There is a lot of infidelity in the world of politics”Trump continued to lament evangelical leaders who did not support his campaign.
Earlier this month, Trump also criticized abortion opponents for losing “a huge number of voters” in the 2022 midterm elections, “especially those who insisted rape, incest or the mother’s life conditions I am also no exception”. The comments, made on her Truth social platform, drew harsh retribution from prominent religious conservatives and anti-abortion activists, including the president. Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, marjorie dannenfelserwho, in a thinly veiled critique of Trump, Republicans advocating “ostrich strategy” on abortion lashed outPrefer to ignore the issue instead of raising it in important choices.
Trump confirmed this sentiment in his interview with Brody, Admitting He Advised Republican Candidates for 2022 Governor, Doug Mastrianoof Pennsylvania, and Tudor Dixon, of Michigan, who will face a more difficult path to victory for refusing to support exceptions to abortion restrictions, such as when the mother’s life is in danger. Both the candidates eventually lost their respective contests.
as stated earlier CNNTrump spent much of the midterm election cycle privately complaining to advisers and aides that Roe v. Wade’s reversal hurt Republicans and shifted attention away from more favorable issues such as inflation and crime.
Trump’s Recent Complaints About Evangelicals and Abortion Opponents Confused allies and mentors who recognize the important role of both groups Its influence in the conservative ecosystem and in presidential primaries, a dynamic of which former presidents are well aware.
In 2016, the main reason for the election of Trump mike penceself-described “devout evangelical” and the then-governor of Indiana, was to gain support among religious conservatives as his running mate who remained Deeply skeptical of his own brutish political brand,
The same mission may prove more difficult in the 2024 primary rush, as Trump works to persuade primary voters that he is the fittest and most committed to promoting his cause in another government.
,There’s No Way to the Nomination Without Winning the Evangelical Vote, No one knows this better than President Trump because, to the surprise of almost everyone, he won their endorsement in 2016.” Ralph Reedexecutive director of Faith and Freedom AllianceHas been close to the former President for a long time.
“He’s going to have a very fair hearing among voters of faith. But it will be a very close primary, with many pro-life candidates, and all of them will have an opportunity to make their case,” Reid said. “No one should assume that the evangelical vote has been asked or closed for them”,