Remarks by President Trump at the Faith and Freedom Coalition “Road to Majority” 2019 Conference
Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel Washington, D.C. June 26 11:42 A.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Bill - a special man. Thank you very much. And he's a fighter. He's a fighter for good. We like fighters. We like fighters for good.
It's wonderful to be back here with so many friends, and patriots, pastors, rabbis, and a record number of students. Thank you all for the tireless work that your steadfast support and your daily prayers just - it's incredible what it's done. And just keep them coming. Very important. Keep them coming.
We're in an interesting time in our country's history and we're doing great. Just keep them coming. It's very fragile. You know, it's one vote. It's one Justice. It's one little thing and it can all change. You have to be very hard, very vigilant. You have to go out and vote. November 3rd is a big date next year. November 3rd. Mark it down. (Applause.)
But I want to thank you for your voice, your time, and your energy. And to knock on doors and make calls and educate voters and mobilize your fellow Americans, because, with your help, we will soon once again win a historic victory for life, for family, for faith, and for freedom. (Applause.)
After just two and a half years, our country is soaring, our communities are thriving, our economy is booming perhaps like never before. We may have the greatest economy in the history of our country.
And we are once again defending and promoting our great American values. And we're saying, "Merry Christmas" again. Do you notice? Remember? Remember? (Applause.) I usually save that for November, December, but I was just thinking - as I mentioned, I was saying, we're going to say, "Merry Christmas." They were all taking it down off the department stores - everything. You'd see a big red - they'd say, "Happy Holidays." No "Merry Christmas." They're saying, "Merry Christmas," again. It's very interesting. And they're proud of it. (Applause.)
Since the election, we've created 6 million new jobs. Nobody would've believed that. We have lifted more than 6 million Americans off of food stamps and we're getting Americans off welfare and back into the labor force. And they're so happy, and they're making money, and they love what they're doing. (Applause.)
And you've seen me say this before - where is Shaun? Is he here? Our NFL - not only NFL, but he's MVP. Where is Shaun? Is he here? Where is he? Because we just went over some numbers. Stand up. (Applause.) MVP. I'm going to read his book. He gave me his book in 2005, 2006? What was that, Shaun? 2005 MVP. And I said, "Do you think I could take him in an arm-wrestling contest?" And his good friend said, "Don't do it, Mr. President." (Laughter.) Right? Thank you, Shaun.
I'm going to read the book on the plane. I'm going to Japan right after this. So, I'll meeting with some nice fellows. (Laughter.) Our other nations - competitive nations and competitors, and that's okay. We're doing great. We're doing better than any of them. (Applause.)
Thank you, Shaun. Thank you. (Applause.)
African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American unemployment have reached the lowest rates in the history of our country. (Applause.) The history - the whole history.
And if I was wrong about that, Shaun - if I made that statement and if it wasn't exactly correct, all of those people back there - and there's a lot of them - you'd see before the - before I was even finished, there would be headlines. (Laughter.) I have to be very careful, Shaun.
The women's unemployment rate is now the lowest in 65 years. (Applause.) And to help American families, we doubled the child tax credit. (Applause.) That was - Ivanka Trump worked hard on that.
We are fighting for all Americans and we are embracing the faith community. We are embracing it like it hasn't been embraced in many, many years. You know that.
And when we're doing that, we're uplifting our nation. We're greatly uplifting our nation. When I asked for your support in 2016, Americans of faith were under assault. But the shameful attempt to suppress religious believers ended the day I took the oath of office. (Applause.)
And now, by the way, because of what we did with respect to the Johnson Amendment - you know what I'm talking about - our leaders, like all of the people that have been so supportive - our pastors, our ministers, our priests, our rabbis - all of our religious leaders - every - we're allowed to speak again. We're allowed to talk without having to lose your tax exemption, your tax status, and being punished for speaking. (Applause.) And the people that we most want to hear, our great clergy, is now able to speak without fear of retribution.
And I'm very proud of that. I said I was going to do that. I'm very proud of it. They can speak - unless they speak against me, in which case, we'll bring it back. (Laughter.) We'll bring back that Johnson Amendment so fast, Shaun. (Laughter.)
I'm only kidding. I'm only kidding. They're going to take it seriously. You know, they're going to go out - "We have breaking news." (Laughter.) They're going to say, "See, I told you he wants to be a dictator. I told you that." (Laughter.) They are unbelievable, what they do. You have to say it with a big smile on your face, otherwise - even that doesn't work. (Laughter.) Bill understands that. Right, Bill?
We're cherishing our nation's religious heritage once again. My administration has taken historic action to protect religious liberty. (Applause.) We are protecting the conscience rights of doctors, and nurses, and teachers, and groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor. We're with them. (Applause.)
We've made a lot of progress. We've taken action to uphold free speech on college campuses. (Applause.) Colleges are now, by the way, looking around very carefully when they throw conservatives and religious folks off of their campuses. (Applause.) Looking around very, very carefully because they have a big, fat, beautiful monetary penalty to pay. (Applause.)
I haven't heard too much about it since I did that a few months ago. Do you notice that? I haven't heard - I haven't heard so much about that. We give them billions and billions of dollars, and then they don't let people speak. And I don't care - liberal, conservative, it doesn't matter. Republican, Democrat. But you can't do that.
We're preserving our country's vital tradition of faith-based adoption. And we are proudly defending the sanctity of life. (Applause.)
AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!
AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you!
THE PRESIDENT: But keep fighting because, as most of the people in the room know, it's very fragile.
Unfortunately, Democrat politicians have become increasingly hostile to pro-life Americans who want to help more children find a loving home and share their dreams with the world. Virtually every top Democrat lawmaker now supports taxpayer-funded abortion, right up to the moment of birth.
And, by the way, if you watched Virginia, the governor - after the moment of birth. That was something that nobody -
AUDIENCE: Booo -
THE PRESIDENT: - that was something that nobody heard of before: after the moment of birth. Nobody believed it. I had never heard of it. I don't think anybody had heard of it. When he talked about wrapping the child and then discussing with the mother whether or not she wants to keep - the child is born.
So that becomes an execution. That becomes an execution. Every child born and unborn is made in the holy image of God, and that is why I have asked Congress to prohibit the late-term abortion of babies. (Applause.) And they'll do that.
AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Appreciate it.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: We're with you, Mr. President!
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you.
During my first week in office, I reinstated the Mexico City Policy. People thought that wasn't going to be happening. (Applause.)
We've issued a final rule to prohibit Title X taxpayer funding from subsidizing the abortion industry. (Applause.) And just last month, our administration ended federal funding of fetal tissue research. (Applause.) All of us are working to foster a culture that celebrates the sacred worth of every human life. (Applause.)
And this could all change very quickly. Just remember. We've done things that nobody thought possible. We've done things that are so good and so righteous and also so fragile. The wrong person in office - in this office, right here - can change it very quickly. Bill will tell you that. Bill understands this system probably better than anybody. And Bill will tell you that.
We're building a society that values the limitless potential of every person. And we're strengthening the bonds that tie us together in the wondrous tapestry of creation.
Here with us today is someone who shows us the power and majesty of life. I was very proud to host her in the Oval Office earlier this year: Katie Shaw. Where is Katie? Where is Katie Shaw? (Applause.) Thank you, Katie.
We had a great meeting - right? - in the Oval Office. Thank you, Katie. You look well, really well. Thank you very much. Thank you. So nice. She was in the Oval Office and really made a great impression on everybody. And it was very exciting. Thank you very much for being here.
Katie is from Indiana. She was born with Down syndrome and now works at a local store, does a fantastic job; volunteers in her community; and has testified before lawmakers. As Katie said, "It's a wonderful life. I've made the world a better place." And, Katie, yes, you have. You have. (Applause.)