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Byron Donalds

Byron Donalds may be relatively new to Congress, but his extremist record on things like abortion, Social Security, and democracy are long. As vice president, Donalds would have the ability to act on his dangerous beliefs.

Byron Donalds And Abortion

Donalds Supported Efforts To Ban Abortion Nationally And In States

Donalds Supported The Life At Conception Act, Which Could Ban Abortion Nationally

Donalds Was A Co-Sponsor Of The Life At Conception Act

117th Congress: Donalds Co-Sponsored The Life At Conception Act. [H.R. 1011, Co-Sponsors, 5/11/22]

The Life At Conception Act Would Ban Abortion Nationwide

UC Davis School Of Law Professor Mary Ziegler On The Life At Conception Act: “It Would Be A Nationwide Abortion Ban.” According to the Los Angeles Times, “The Life at Conception Act is fewer than 300 words, but its language leaves little room for ambiguity on abortion. The bill, introduced in the U.S. House earlier in the congressional session, seeks ‘equal protection for the right to life of each born and preborn human person,’ specifying that it covers ‘all stages of life, including the moment of fertilization, cloning, or other moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into being.’ Put simply: ‘It would be a nationwide abortion ban,’ said Mary Ziegler, a professor at UC Davis School of Law who studies reproductive rights.” [Los Angeles Times, 8/29/22]

The Legislation Could Also Threaten Access To The Morning-After Pill And IUDs

Ziegler Claimed The Legislation Could Ban Some Forms Of Contraception, Including The Morning-After Pill. According to the Los Angeles Times, “The Life at Conception Act is fewer than 300 words, but its language leaves little room for ambiguity on abortion. The bill, introduced in the U.S. House earlier in the congressional session, seeks ‘equal protection for the right to life of each born and preborn human person,’ specifying that it covers ‘all stages of life, including the moment of fertilization, cloning, or other moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into being.’ Put simply: ‘It would be a nationwide abortion ban,’ said Mary Ziegler, a professor at UC Davis School of Law who studies reproductive rights. […] Ziegler, the UC Davis law professor, said the legislation’s ban on abortion could also extend to some contraceptives, such as morning-after pills, she said.” [Los Angeles Times, 8/29/22]

Legal Scholars Said The Legislation Could Threaten Access To IUDs. According to New York, “The Life at Conception Act is a classic ‘personhood’ bill treating every fetus, embryo, and fertilized ovum as just like me and you when it comes to fundamental rights. While the bill does say it does not ‘authorize the prosecution of any woman for the death of her unborn child,’ there’s no exception to the ‘right to life’ for pregnancies involving rape, incest, or even threats to the life of the mother. Most legal scholars believe ‘personhood’ statutes could ban morning-after pills or the use of IUDs.” [New York, 8/31/22]

Donalds backed DeSantis’ Abortion Ban In Florida

Donalds Praised The Abortion Ban In Florida

Donalds Praised DeSantis’ Florida 15-Week Abortion Ban. According to Donalds’ Personal Twitter, “As we celebrate this Holy Week and reflect on its true meaning, we recognize the profound dignity of EVERY human life, from the womb to the tomb. Today, @GovRonDeSantis signed the 15 week abortion ban, protecting the unborn in Florida and our most important God-given right—LIFE.” [Twitter, @ByronDonalds, 4/14/22]

  • April 14, 2022: DeSantis Signed A 15-Week Abortion Ban In Florida. According to NPR, “Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that bans most abortions after 15 weeks, making Florida the latest state to restrict access to the medical procedure. Just two days ago, Oklahoma’s governor signed a bill that would make performing an abortion a felony in most cases. The new Florida law, which takes effect July 1, will replace a previous one that allowed abortions until 24 weeks of pregnancy.” [NPR, 4/14/22]

Donalds Opposed Roe v. Wade

Donalds Celebrated After The Supreme Court Officially Overturned Roe v. Wade

Donalds Thanked The Supreme Court After They Overturned Roe v. Wade. According to Donalds’ Facebook, “After 50 years of overreach, power has been sent back to the people’s elected representatives thanks to #SCOTUS overturning Roe v. Wade. This was the correct decision. In Florida, we will protect life.” [Facebook, Byron Donalds, 6/24/22]

 

Byron Donalds On Social Security & Medicare

Donalds Favored Privatizing Social Security And Medicare And Turning Them Into Voucher Programs

2012: Donalds Said He Supported Privatizing Social Security And Medicare Or Turning Them Into Voucher Programs

2012: Donalds Said He Would Support Privatizing Social Security And Medicare Or Turning Them Into Voucher Programs. According to CNN, “During his 2012 campaign for Congress, Donalds heavily embraced calls to privatize Social Security and Medicare – two programs Trump (and Donalds) now promise not to cut. ‘I’m not afraid to call it a voucher because that’s exactly what it’s gonna be: A voucher,’ Donalds said at one local Republican event in April 2012 when campaigning for Congress. […] Unlike most Republicans, Donalds embraced the term. ‘I think we need to go to a private account system similar to what they did in the country of Chile,’ he added on Social Security in an appearance on a radio show in June 2012.” [CNN, 3/29/24]

 

Byron Donalds on January 6 & Democracy

Donalds Was A Strong Supporter Of The 2020 Election Denial Movement

Donalds Objected To The Electoral Vote Count From Arizona And Pennsylvania

2021: Donalds Voted For Objecting To Arizona’s Electoral Vote Count From The November 2020 Elections. In January 2021, according to Congressional Quarterly, Donalds voted for an “objection to the counting of electoral votes from the state of Arizona during the joint session of Congress, on the grounds that they were not, under all of the known circumstances, regularly given.” The vote was on agreeing to the objection. The House rejected the motion by a vote of 121-303. [House Vote 10, 1/6/21; Congressional Quarterly, 1/6/21]

2021: Donalds Voted For Objecting To Pennsylvania’s Electoral Vote Count From The November 2020 Elections. In January 2021, according to Congressional Quarterly, Donalds voted for an “objection to the counting of electoral votes from the state of Pennsylvania during the joint session of Congress, on the grounds that they were not, under all of the known circumstances, regularly given.” The vote was on agreeing to the objection. The House rejected the motion by a vote of 138-282. [House Vote 11, 1/7/21; Congressional Quarterly, 1/7/21]

Ahead Of The Certification, Donalds Pledged To Object To The 2020 Election Certification On January 6

Donalds: “I Will Object To The Certification Process On January 6th.” According to Donalds’ Facebook, “Every Floridian and American deserves to believe that our elections result from a transparent and lawful democratic process. I will object to the certification process on January 6th and will ask legitimate questions to restore faith in our election system.” [Facebook, Byron Donalds, 12/31/20]

Donalds Said He Would Object To The Election Certifications From Pennsylvania And Wisconsin. According to the Fort Myers Beach Observer and Bulletin, “In a phone interview on Tuesday, Donalds said he was objecting to the way several states handled their election in violation of their state constitutions including Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.” [Fort Myers Beach Observer and Bulletin, 1/5/21]

Donalds Said He Would Not Certify Election Results If He Was Vice President

Donalds Would Not Commit To Certifying Election Results If He Was VP

Donalds When Asked If He Would Certify The 2028 Results As Vice President: “If You Have State Officials Who Are Violating The Election Law In Their States … Then No, I Would Not.” According to Axios, “Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) suggested Thursday he would be willing to not certify the 2028 election results if he was vice president. Why it matters: Donalds is one of the names being floated as a possible vice presidential pick for former President Trump. Donalds also did not clarify if he would have certified the 2020 election results, during an interview with Axios’ Sophia Cai. Trump, the GOP presidential frontrunner, has continued to push the false theory that the 2020 election was stolen from him on the 2024 campaign trail. […] ‘If you have state officials who are violating the election law in their states … then no, I would not,’ Donalds said when asked if he would certify the 2028 results as vice president.” [Axios, 3/7/24]

Donalds Did Not Say If He Would Have Certified The 2020 Election Results, But Said He Knew Some States Did Not Follow Election Laws In 2020. According to Axios, “Donalds also did not clarify if he would have certified the 2020 election results, during an interview with Axios’ Sophia Cai. […] Donalds said ‘I already know’ states did not follow election laws in 2020.” [Axios, 3/7/24]

 

 

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