President Donald Trump, in the first two years of his administration, has almost fulfilled the religious right wish list compiled by conservative religious leaders who oppose abortion and the LGBTQ-rights movement.
Mat Staver, president of the legal advocacy organization Liberty Counsel said President Trump has carried out 90% of the goals and has “achieved more than all of the presidents combined since Ronald Reagan.”
“He’s been the most pro-religious freedom and pro-life president in modern history,” he added.
Planned Parenthood on Monday, Aug. 19 announced it quit the federal family planning program known as Title X following the U.S. appeals court’s refusal to block the program, marking a winning step for the Trump administration to complete the “wish list.”
Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, has taken away over 7.6 million babies’ lives—more than two times the population of Los Angeles—since it legally began performing abortion in 1973, as California Family reported in 2018.
Last week, the Labor Department proposed a rule that is expected to protect federal contractors from discrimination complaints regarding hiring and firing decisions on transgender workers.
The Rev. Robert Jeffress, pastor of the Southern Baptist megachurch First Baptist Dallas predicted that the president would win more evangelical votes in 2020 than he did in 2016.
“When he ran in 2016 and promised pro-life, pro-religious freedom policies, most evangelicals who voted for him didn’t know whether he would or could fulfill those promises,” Jeffress said. “When they look back now, they see he checked off all of those goals. … He’ll win by an even larger margin on basis of promises kept.”
Jeffress declared at a July 2017 event: “Millions of Americans believe the election of President Trump represented God giving us another chance—perhaps our last chance to truly make America great again,” according to the Politico.
Alliance Defending Freedom is among the conservative legal groups that has litigated against numerous Obama-era initiatives, which supported abortion rights and same-sex marriage, and has hailed the president’s moves to reverse them.
“The defense of life, free speech, and religious liberty should never be subject to political and cultural whims,” said Kristen Waggoner, an ADF senior vice president.
“They are constitutional guarantees, and we are grateful that this administration recognizes that reality and is taking serious steps to correct injustice and protect all Americans,” she added.
Beyond the religious scope, President Trump has also kept his promises in the economic area by creating 6 million new jobs, over half of which are for women, adding 500,000 manufacturing jobs and making a record-low unemployment among African Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans.
“He’s just getting started!” Ronna McDaniel, GOP chairwoman, wrote in a tweet.
Since @realDonaldTrump was elected:
*6M+ new jobs, over half for women
*500K manufacturing jobs created
*Record-low unemployment among African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans
He’s just getting started!
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) August 19, 2019
Includes reporting of the Associated Press