WATCH: CNN Anchor Debunks Gretchen Whitmer’s Absurd Lie About Trump


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Anchor John Berman fact-checked Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s claim that former President Donald Trump supports a national abortion ban in a rare moment of cross-ideological clarity on CNN. During an interview marking the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Whitmer accused Trump of paving the way for stringent national restrictions on abortion. However, her claims did not go unchallenged.

“He [Trump] appointed three justices to the Supreme Court who went into Congress and lied,” Governor Whitmer (D-MI) said. “They said that Roe was the settled law of the land. They betrayed that oath that they took when they went into office. And we would not be in this moment but for Donald Trump.”

“He’s the one that put these justices on the court. Regardless of the 18 different positions he’s taken over the years, he is absolutely front and center on the road to an all-out national abortion ban. And that’s why we’ve got to get Joe Biden elected this fall.”

Berman, in a move uncharacteristic of the often criticized left-leaning network, pointed out the inconsistency in Whitmer’s portrayal of Trump’s stance. “He says he’s not on the road to an all-out federal abortion ban because he said he wants to leave it up to the states,” Berman explained.

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Whitmer has been a prominent figure in the Left’s campaign to capitalize on political gains over the past two years. She has consistently claimed that Trump is orchestrating a nationwide abortion ban as she campaigns on behalf of Joe Biden.

“It’s really important to remind people that if Donald Trump gets a second term in the White House he has already committed to signing a national abortion ban,” Whitmer said in Milwaukee last week, according to The Midwesterner. “Biden is the only person on the ballot who would win the White House and will protect these fundamental rights.”

In April, Trump released a video statement on his position on the issue of abortion for the 2024 presidential election. Trump said, he will leave it “up to the states to do the right thing” if elected again, painting Democrats as “radical” on the issue.

“The states will determine by vote or legislation or perhaps both, and whatever they decide must be the law of the land,” Trump explained. “Many states will be different. Many will have a different number of weeks, or some will [be] more conservative than others, and that’s what they will be. At the end of the day, this is all about the will of the people.”

Abortion has been a double-edged sword for Republicans, galvanizing pro-life activists for decades and culminating in the 2022 overturning of Roe v. Wade. Since then, Trump has criticized other Republicans for speaking “inaccurately” about the issue while costing the GOP winnable races in conservative strongholds like Kansas and Ohio. He asked voters to “follow their heart” on the issue and reminded them of the important stakes of expanding or restricting abortion in their respective states.

“You must also win elections to restore our culture and, in fact, to save our country, which is currently and very sadly a nation in decline,” Trump said.

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