Sen. Mark Kelly blames Trump for Arizona's abortion ban

 April 15, 2024

There's no doubt in anyone's mind that the abortion issue will be at or near the top of the list of election issues heading into the 2024 election. 

And Democrats, now facing the real prospect that President Joe Biden could lose in November, are working overtime to fire up middle-of-the-road voters on the issue and most importantly, turn them against former President Donald Trump.

According to Breitbart, that was made shockingly evident in a recent statement made by Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) during an interview on CBS’s "Face the Nation."

Kelley managed to broach the abortion issue -- specifically the Arizona Supreme Court's recent ruling that made a near-total abortion ban law enforceable -- and blame it all on Trump.

What did he say?

"Face the Nation" host Margaret Brennan asked Kelly about his thoughts on his state's recent ruling that upheld a Civil War-era abortion ban law.

"I want to ask you about what’s happening in your home state of Arizona, as you know the State Court ruled an 1864 Civil War era law can take effect that would criminalize abortion, it’s on hold at the moment, but this is a live issue. Do you have confidence that your state legislators will take action before it goes into effect?" Brennan asked.

Kelly responded, "Well, let me start by saying this has been a disaster for women in Arizona. They’ve lost a fundamental right to abortion, and it’s all because of Donald Trump. And our legislature, yeah, they tried to fix this a couple of days ago, that did not work.

He insisted that Trump is solely responsible for the situation.

"We’ve got to get- we’ve got a ballot initiative in November to fix this. Donald Trump owns this. He said just yesterday that he broke Roe v. Wade and because he did that, this enabled our court to bring back this draconian 1864 law to take away this right, send doctors to jail," Kelley said.

Called out

Brennan took a brief moment to call Kelly out on blaming the entire situation on Trump, noting that Republicans in his state were also responsible.

"I mean, to be fair, your Republican state legislators have some agency here too, they could have done something different, but I take your rhetorical point," Brennan said.

Kelly fired back, "They could have. Yeah, they could have and right, they did not do- do anything about it. They had the opportunity."

Similar rhetoric will undoubtedly increase as the election nears.

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