In a speech that brought the house down at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Road to Majority conference on Friday, Donald Trump gave perhaps the most passionate defense of life, marriage and family of any recent Republican presidential nominee.
According to the Washington Examiner, Trump told the assembled evangelicals that he was “with you 100 percent” and called the freedom of religion “so important.”
“This is my third time here,” Trump told the audience . “The first time was OK. The second time was great, and now we have to top it.”
Trump said that a pro-life stance would be a cornerstone of his presidency.
“We want to uphold the sanctity and dignity of life,” Trump continued, adding that “marriage and family are the building block(s) of happiness and success.”
“More important than the money,” Trump added, smirking.
“Religious freedom — the right of people of faith to freely practice their faith — so important,” he continued.
“I’ll be here as often as I can because I’m with you 100 percent,” he told the audience. “The bottom line is I will be working for you. I’m doing this because I want to give back to our country.”
You can watch Trump’s full remarks here:
While plenty of Republican candidates for president take strong pro-life stances during the primary season, those tend to be watered down once the nomination is won.
For all the hubbub we heard from some circles that Trump’s overtures to the evangelical community were fake and contrived, he’s one of the only candidates whose stances on family, life and religious freedom haven’t gotten more vague, ambivalent and secular once they’ve dispensed with all of their conservative challengers.
“As was proven during the primary season, voters of faith are not a monolithic voting bloc and Mr. Trump appeals to a wide swath of voters including evangelicals,” Faith and Freedom Coalition executive director Tim Head told the audience before Trump’s speech.
Perhaps that’s because he’s one of the few Republican nominees who hasn’t triangulated away from them. He’s willing to come out and say that Christian values are the cornerstone of a great society. That, alone, might be reason enough for some people to vote for him.
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