Last evening I was privileged to be with President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence as they announced and officially launched their re-election campaign at a rally in Orlando, Florida.
With me was one of my fulltime associates here at Priests for Life, Evangelist Alveda King.
At the Amway Center in Orlando, we were present with a capacity crowd of 20,000, and about six times as many people had requested tickets. And just as many of us experience at the March for Life, everyone around us in the crowd was positive, upbeat, smiling, helpful and kind.
And the crowd reflected the ordinary, hard-working, family-loving, patriotic people of faith who can be found all across this great land.
We were gathered to launch, together with the President and his team, the re-election campaign for 2020. We were gathered to commit to making the political turnaround that happened in 2016 happen all over again in 2020.
Four years ago, what a Trump Administration might be like was an unknown. The polls and pundits said he would not and could not win – until he won. And now we know what that meant.
His rally recalled the progress that has been made, including America’s increased respect around the world, the improved trade deals, the record-breaking economic growth and job creation, the historically low rates of unemployment, the improved treatment of veterans, the important improvements to healthcare, the increased strength of the military and of our borders, the transformation of the federal courts (with the addition of some 114 new conservative federal judges including two Supreme Court Justices), the re-directing of billions of dollars away from the abortion industry both in America and worldwide, the enhanced protections of conscience and religious freedom, and much more.
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Because the Trump Presidency now has a track record, making the political miracle of 2016 happen again in 2020 should be quite doable. Our side is far more united, encouraged, and sure of ourselves and of the path forward.
Within the pro-life movement, even those who were initially against Trump are heard to declare now that he is the most pro-life president we have ever had.
Hence the crowd last night agreed that the new campaign rallying cry would be “Keep America Great!”
Last night’s rally made it clear that this election will not simply be a choice between candidates. We can’t be comparing just individuals. Rather, it’s a choice between two worldviews, between two very different futures for America. The President emphasized this repeatedly in his remarks.
Prior to the public rally, Alveda and I were in a private reception with the President and Vice President during which they both shared remarks as well, and acknowledged and encouraged the work of the pro-life movement. We were able to greet them on behalf of so many with whom we work each day to make America pro-life again. They are aware of the work the pro-life movement does, and are fully committed to do their part to make that work succeed.
Moving forward, then, as they launch the re-election campaign, let’s re-launch our own efforts to educate and mobilize the pro-life vote.
Let’s expose the extremism of the Democrat platform and policies on abortion, especially late-term abortion and even infanticide.
Let’s make sure people in our movement are registered to vote, are aware of the elections taking place in their state, and have the relevant primary and general election dates marked on their calendars.
Together, let’s keep America great, and faithful to her promise of liberty and justice for all, born and unborn!