In Florida, Donald Trump’s Extreme MAGA GOP Has Gone to the Dogs 

As Trump and his extreme MAGA minions gather at Mar-a-Lago for a retreat, DNC Rapid Response Director Alex Floyd released the following statement: 

“Donald Trump and his MAGA minions are retreating in Florida this weekend, and the massive baggage they’re bringing with them from their unpopular, anti-freedom policies is enough to fill a gravel pit. From doubling down on banning abortion to threats against our democracy, Trump’s MAGA GOP has gone to the dogs. With the far-right and out-of-touch agenda they’re running on, Trump and his group of extreme MAGA cronies won’t have a shot at the ballot box this November.”

Donald Trump and his MAGA minions are gathering at Mar-a-Lago for a meeting of the most far-right, extreme members of the Republican Party. 

CNBC: “Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, J.D. Vance of Ohio and Tim Scott of South Carolina are all ‘special guests.’ So is North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, another reported short-lister. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, fresh off a dog shooting scandal, is also expected. So is New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, one of Trump’s fiercest defenders in Congress.’”

Trump and his retreat buddies are anti-choice extremists, so it’s fitting for them to gather in Florida only days after an extreme abortion ban took effect, all thanks to Trump. 

Interviewer: “Are you comfortable if states decide to punish women who access abortions after the procedure is banned?” […]

Trump: “The states are going to say. It’s irrelevant whether I’m comfortable or not. It’s totally irrelevant, because the states are going to make those decisions.” 

Rolling Stone: “Trump Claims Credit for All Abortion Bans”

Trump: “I’m the one that got rid of Roe v. Wade, and everybody said that was an impossible thing to do. I put on three Supreme Court justices. Very few people have had that privilege or honor.”

Scott: “We have to have a federal limit on how far we can go, and that is something that we have to discuss.”

Dana Bash: “Do you think there should be exceptions for rape and incest, for example?”

Noem: “… I just don’t believe a tragedy should perpetuate another tragedy.”

Associated Press: “North Dakota on Monday adopted one of the strictest anti-abortion laws in the country as Republican Gov. Doug Burgum signed legislation banning the procedure throughout pregnancy, with slim exceptions up to six weeks’ gestation.”

Newsweek: “J.D. Vance Backs ‘National Standard’ for Abortions”

Politico: “Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is co-sponsoring a bill that would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy nationwide…”

Washington Examiner: “Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) signaled on Tuesday that congressional Republicans will begin the process of introducing a 15-week federal abortion ban.”

Trump and his group of extremists are doubling down on an anti-choice agenda that the majority of Americans reject. 

Navigator Research: “Large majorities say reproductive care like birth control pills and IVF should be made easier to access, including majorities of Republicans. … Americans across party lines also say access to fertility planning like IVF should be easier to access, including 72 percent of Democrats, 59 percent of independents, and 53 percent of Republicans.”

USA Today: “Americans overwhelmingly oppose the next goal of many anti-abortion activists, to enact a federal law banning abortion nationwide. By 80%-14%, those surveyed opposed that idea, including 65% of Republicans and 83% of independents.”

Axios: “Most Americans support abortion access one year after Roe v. Wade: poll”

CNN: “A 64% majority of US adults say they disapprove of last year’s Supreme Court ruling that women do not have a constitutional right to an abortion, with half strongly disapproving – an assessment that’s almost entirely unchanged from CNN’s poll last July in the immediate wake of the decision.”

And let’s not forget that this group of extremists has fallen in line to defend Trump’s unpopular conspiracy theories about the 2020 election (which he lost by over 7 million votes) and led to the attack on the Capitol on January 6.

New York Times: “Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota, a potential vice-presidential pick for former President Donald J. Trump, refused to say on Sunday whether she would have certified the 2020 election if she had been in Vice President Mike Pence’s position.” 

MSNBC: “GOP’s JD Vance is ‘skeptical’ Mike Pence was in danger on Jan. 6” 

CNN: “Elise Stefanik echoes Trump when asked about January 6 prisoners three years on”

Politico: “Burgum dodges question on Pence’s actions on Jan. 6”

Associated Press: “Trump VP contender Tim Scott declines to discuss vice president’s role in certifying election”

The Hill: “Just over two-thirds of registered voters in a new poll said they do not believe that those who participated in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot should be pardoned, an idea that has been floated by former President Trump.”

The Hill: “More than half of all voters believe former President Trump will act like a dictator if reelected to office, according to a new poll. The Harvard CAPS-Harris poll found that 56 percent of those surveyed at least somewhat agree that Trump … will act like a dictator if given a second term, including almost 40 percent who strongly agree.”

Quinnipiac: “A majority of voters (53 percent) say they are concerned by a recent comment former President Donald Trump made saying he wants to be a dictator for one day if he wins the 2024 presidential election.”

YouGov: “Most Americans are supportive of democracy and think dictatorship would be bad for the United States. … Only 4% of Americans say it would be a good thing for the U.S. to have a dictator in charge, while 80% disagree. That includes 89% of 2020 Biden voters and 87% of 2020 Trump voters.”

Washington Post: “71 percent of Americans say they’re not confident Trump will accept the 2024 results if he loses — at which point the many people who viewed what happened after the 2020 election as being very bad could be made to fear some kind of repeat.”