Donald Trump has defended his stance on abortion in a savage video address to an evangelical group – which last week warned the former president he must ’embrace’ the conservative stance of a nationwide ban on medical procedures if he wants a shot at the 2024 presidency.
Trump began his Saturday night speech to the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition by subtly bragging that it was his Supreme Court justices — Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett — who overturned deer in the first place.
“I have appointed over 300 judges to fill the federal bench with pro-constitutional warriors who interpret the laws as they are written,” Trump said.
“I have faced despicable attacks to affirm our three great Supreme Court justices…These justices have won a historic victory for the protection of innocent lives. No one thought this was going to happen. They thought that it would be another 50 years, because the Republicans had been trying to do it for exactly that long, 50 years.
Trump later added that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas “is currently under siege from the radical left,” after questionable financial disclosures forced calls for a Justice Department investigation.
Things heated up on Thursday when Trump was nominated by the President of the Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America organization, Majorie Dannenfelser, who condemned his position as “morally indefensible” after claiming that abortion “is a question which should be decided at the State level”. national ban.
But retaliating in his pre-recorded speech, Trump listed a number of his so-called accomplishments in protecting “religious liberty” and “the unborn child.” He also called himself “the most pro-life president in American history.”
In a particularly disturbed moment, Trump falsely claimed that Democratic politicians support the practice of executing babies after they are born: “I will continue to stand firm against extreme end-term abortionists, the Democratic Party, who believe in abortion on demand. to the ninth month of pregnancy, and even run babies after birth. Beyond birth, run the baby. This is where we’ve come to and it’s so sad to see.
“I will immediately sign a new executive order to reduce federal funding to any school pushing critical race theory, transgender madness and other inappropriate racial, sexual or political content on our content,” Trump added, saying that it was time to “bring God back” to schools and public squares.
Promoting sex and gender transitioning at any age will be banned under a Trump administration, while transgender athletes will be banned from sports: “I will keep men out of women’s sports, it’s simple.”
According to the Associated Press, Trump drew applause from the 1,000-strong crowd after noting that he was the first president to attend the annual March for Life anti-abortion rally and moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
However, Trump was not the only Republican White House hopeful courting conservatives. The influential event is known to be the unofficial start of the state’s 2024 presidential campaign.
As Trump spoke via video, former Vice President Mike Pence addressed the group in person at the event in Clive, Iowa.
Other 2024 candidates were present and spoke, including former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, Sen. Tim Scott (RS.C.) and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who would be a candidate in 2024 but has not yet confirmed, was not present.