President Trump warned supporters Saturday during a rally in Tulsa, Okla., that Joe Biden will fund abortion with taxpayer money and nominate “extreme” justices to the Supreme Court if elected.
It was the first political rally since the coronavirus outbreak for Trump. He spoke about an hour and 45 minutes and covered multiple topics, including social issues and free speech.
“If Joe Biden were to become president, an emboldened left will launch a full-scale assault on American life,” Trump said. “… They'll expel anyone who disagrees with them.
“... They want to crush religious liberty. They don't want religion. [They want to] silence religious believers, indoctrinate your children with hateful and vicious lies about our country, subsidize late-term abortion and after-birth execution.”
Trump, who released a list of potential Supreme Court nominees during the 2016 campaign, said on Saturday he will release a similar list of about 25 candidates for a second term.
“I'll be soon announcing a new list of exceptional candidates for the United States Supreme Court. And I'll choose only from that list,” Trump said. “... Biden can't release his list because the names would be too extreme, too radical. They wouldn't be acceptable, but they will be very radical people.”
Biden and Democrats, he said, “want to appoint Supreme Court justices who will utterly obliterate your Constitution.”
“We will appoint more judges to interpret the Constitution as written,” Trump said.
Trump called his two Supreme Court nominations “very, very, very good.” He also indicated his disappointment in some recent decisions, although Trump didn’t list any specific cases. Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch voted with the liberal bloc in a major LGBT rights case, although Gorsuch and Trump nominee Brett Kavanaugh both sided with the administration in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) case.
“I don't know if it’s an equal court – it's almost like we're a minority court, right? It's almost like we're a minority court,” Trump said. “The recent Supreme Court cases prove that if Joe Biden is elected, he will stack the court with extremists.”
Trump called Biden a “Trojan horse for socialism.”
“A vote for Republicans is a vote for better schools, better jobs, safer families, and stronger communities for all Americans,” Trump said.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.