CV News Feed // Presidential candidate Ron DeSantis this week said he backs Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s, R-AL, blocking of military nominations until the Biden administration backs down from its use of taxpayer funding to pay for abortions among military personnel and their families.
“They are using tax dollars. They’re funding abortion tourism, which is not an appropriate thing for the military to be doing,” DeSantis said in an interview on Thursday with radio host Hugh Hewitt.
“Day one as commander-in-chief, that [abortion] policy will go out the window,” DeSantis said. When Hewitt asked DeSantis if he thinks Tuberville should relent, the Florida governor answered with a hard “No, I don’t.”
People on both ends of the political spectrum have critiqued Tuberville’s effort, claiming that it harms the military’s efficiency.
If I thought it put anybody in harm’s way, I wouldn’t be doing this. Because we do need a military. But, because of a lot of these things that this administration is doing, not just in this abortion situation, but also the vaccine mandates, through a lot of the recruiting efforts that I don’t believe in. … What they’re doing is actually hurting our country. Not helping our country.
DeSantis encouraged Republican senators to side with Tuberville. “Our group of Republicans in the Congress should just take a stand on this,” DeSantis said. “The DOD should stand down. We have all these other problems in our military. We need more ammunition, we need more recruiting, we need all these other things and yet they’re focusing on abortion tourism.”
DeSantis recently signed a pro-life bill into place that protects life at six weeks in Florida. While he has made no specific promises to create federal pro-life legislation if elected, he continues to promise to “‘rip the woke’ out of the military if he becomes president, with promises to cut diversity, equity and inclusion programs, and banning race and gender quotas as well as drag shows on base,” reported Matt Berg for Politico.
Watch the exclusive interview with Tuberville on LOOPcast here.