Donald Trump is getting some backlash from the right after calling for compromise on abortion during his big interview with NBC's Meet The Press.
The 2024 Republican frontrunner warned his party that they will lose elections if they do not moderate their agenda, calling Ron DeSantis' six-week ban a "terrible mistake."
While he did not specify what a compromise would look like, Trump suggested the issue should rest at the state level after the fall of Roe v. Wade.
"I did something that nobody thought was possible, and Roe v. Wade was terminated, was put back to the states. Now, people, pro-lifers, have the right to negotiate for the first time," Trump said.
As for the question of how late abortions should be legal, Trump pointed to 15 weeks as a potential basis for consensus. He knocked DeSantis' six-week limit as too extreme.
"I would sit down with both sides and I’d negotiate something, and we’ll end up with peace for the first time in 52 years. I’m not going to say I would or I wouldn’t [sign a federal ban.] I mean, DeSanctus is willing to sign a five-week and six-week ban," he said.
"I think what he did is a terrible thing and a terrible mistake. But we’ll come up with a number," Trump added.
Trump also advised his party to modulate their messaging, saying the party speaks "inarticulately" about the contentious issue when overlooking exceptions for rape and incest.
"I watch some of them without the exceptions, et cetera, et cetera. I said, 'Other than certain parts of the country, you can’t — you’re not going to win on this issue. But you will win on this issue when you come up with the right number of weeks,'" Trump said.
Pro-life groups and DeSantis blasted Trump's remarks as a betrayal.
“I don’t know how you can even make the claim that you’re somehow pro-life if you’re criticizing states for enacting pro-life protections for babies," DeSantis said.
Pro-life activist Lila Rose called Trump's comments "pathetic and unacceptable."
On the other hand, the Biden campaign expressed concern that "irresponsible" media are letting Trump "off the hook."
"Trump is trying to hedge on abortion, and reporters are letting him off the hook. It’s critically important we not let that happen and call it out," the campaign said in an e-mail to surrogates.