President Donald Trump officially kicked off his reelection campaign Tuesday night in Orlando, Florida.
Fox Newsreported that thousands of Trump supporters arrived more than 40 hours in advance to secure a spot in the Amway Center, despite sweltering heat. And some had camped in chairs for several nights.
With at least 20,000 packing the arena and tens of thousands watching huge screens outside it, Trump introduced a campaign platform similar to what he ran on in 2016. One core issue that Trump has refused to budge on throughout his presidential tenure, and has again made a signal issue in his campaign, is abortion.
“Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life,” he said in his State of the Union address in February. “And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: All children—born and unborn—are made in the holy image of God.”
Tuesday night, Trump said that he believes “every life is a sacred gift from God. That is why I have asked Congress to prohibit extreme late-term abortions.”
Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser told Lifenews, “President Trump has been consistent and fearless in calling out extreme support for abortion on demand through birth and even infanticide, drawing a clear contrast with his own record of pro-life leadership.
“We thank him for his commitment to protecting babies born alive in failed abortions and ending the cruelty of late-term abortion when unborn children can feel excruciating pain, and we join him in urging Congress to pass these popular bills.”
When Trump took office, one of his first acts as president was to reinstate and expand the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits taxpayer funding to groups that promote and provide abortions overseas.
Trump and his administration have also made religious liberty a priority by expanding conscience protections for medical workers who do not wish to participate in abortion procedures. In January of this year, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a Conscience and Religious Freedom Division within the Office for Civil Rights.
And in appointing dozens of judges to federal courts, including two justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, Trump has secured a more constitutionalist judiciary for generations to come.
On June 19, Franklin Graham urged his Facebook followers to begin praying for the upcoming presidential election now: “My prayer is that God would protect all of those running for this office. It’s not too early to pray for the 2020 election and the future direction of our nation.”