Former President Donald Trump made only passing, indirect references to abortion Friday night at his first rally since a leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade sent Democrats and Republicans scrambling to fine tune their messaging on the issue ahead of the midterms.
In a roughly 80-minute speech outside Pittsburgh to rally support for Senate GOP candidate Mehmet Oz, Trump did not dive into the debate like he did with topics such as immigration and critical race theory.
Instead, he briefly mentioned how Republicans “will protect innocent life” and later said the three Supreme Court justices he nominated are “making a very big decision now.”
The court is not expected to issue its final ruling until June or July in a Mississippi case that directly challenges constitutional protections for abortion, but the leaked draft opinion has had an immediate effect on the battle for control of Congress in the November midterm elections. Republicans have mostly focused their remarks on the leak itself, while Democrats are trying to energize voters by making abortion a top campaign issue.
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