Former President Donald Trump has severed relations with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine after the GOP official vetoed a state bill aiming to prohibit transgender surgeries on minors.
Trump expressed his discontent on Truth Social, labeling DeWine as having fallen to the Radical Left.
Trump criticizes DeWine’s veto on truth social, calls for legislative action
In a Truth Social post on Dec. 30, Trump criticized DeWine for vetoing the Saving Ohio Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act, emphasizing the bill’s potential to prevent gender reassignment surgeries, puberty blockers, and cross-sex hormones for minors.
Trump called for swift legislative action to overturn the decision.
DeWine defended his veto during a Dec. 29 press conference, asserting that signing the bill would suggest the government knows better than parents regarding a child’s medical decisions.
DeWine’s veto on transgender bill strains relationship with Trump.
He claimed consultation with families and children’s hospitals influenced his decision, making him one of two Republican governors to veto such bills.
Trump and DeWine, who previously supported each other in various elections, have now been at odds.
Despite their history of backing, Trump publicly disavowed DeWine, marking a significant shift in their political alliance.
DeSantis urges override of DeWine’s transgender bill veto
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis urged the Ohio legislature to override DeWine’s veto, emphasizing the importance of fairness and integrity in sports, particularly for girls.
He echoed concerns about irreversible procedures and called for a strong stance against allowing them.
DeWine’s veto received praise from pro-LGBT groups like Equality Ohio, considering it a victory for freedoms.
Conservatives criticize DeWine’s veto, call for legislative action
However, conservative figures, including Terry Schilling of the American Principles Project (APP), criticized the decision. Schilling labeled DeWine as unfit for leadership, particularly in protecting children and families.
Conservatives expressed disappointment and called for legislative intervention to override the veto.
Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.) urged Republicans at all levels to oppose the alleged mutilation of children. At the same time, journalist Megyn Kelly strongly condemned DeWine for prioritizing the rights of boys declaring themselves ‘female’ over those of girls in sports.
DeWine’s veto and hospital ties spark transgender surgery debate
Investigative researcher Parker Thayer highlighted the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association (OCHA) as a critical opponent of House Bill 68, suggesting its influence on DeWine’s decision.
Thayer cited donations from OCHA to DeWine and alleged financial ties to hospitals supporting gender-affirming care, raising questions about potential motives behind the veto.
The veto of the SAFE Act has not only strained political alliances between Trump and DeWine but has also ignited a broader debate on transgender surgeries for minors.
Ohio’s veto sparks political divide: Pro-LGBT celebrations, conservatives call for action
While pro-LGBT groups celebrate the decision as a victory, conservatives demand legislative action to override the veto, revealing deep divisions on the issue within Ohio’s political landscape.
The financial ties between Governor DeWine and organizations opposing the bill add complexity to the situation, sparking concerns about potential influences on the decision-making process.