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Trump supports Ten Commandments in schools and implores evangelical Christians to vote in November

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump told a group of evangelicals that they “cannot afford to stand on the sidelines” in the 2024 election, imploring them at one point to “go vote, Christians, please!”
Trump also endorsed displays of the Ten Commandments in schools and elsewhere as he spoke to a group of politically influential evangelical Christians in Washington on Saturday. He drew cheers by invoking a new law signed in Louisiana this week that requires the Ten Commandments to be displayed in every public school classroom.
“Has anyone read ‘Thou shalt not steal’? I mean, has anyone read these amazing things? It’s just unbelievable,” Trump said at the Faith and Freedom Coalition rally. “They don’t want it to go up. It’s a crazy world.”
Trump had posted support for the new law on his social media network the day before, saying, “I LOVE THE TEN COMMANDMENTS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, PRIVATE SCHOOLS, AND MANY OTHER PLACES, FOR THOSE. READ – HOW CAN WE, AS A NATION, GET WRONG???”
The former president and presumptive Republican presidential nominee backed the move as he seeks to galvanize his supporters on the religious right, who backed him fiercely after initially suspecting the twice-divorced New York tabloid celebrity when he ran for the first time as president in 2016. .
That support has continued despite his conviction in the first of four criminal cases he faces, in which a jury last month found him guilty of falsifying business records in what prosecutors said was an attempt to hide a cash payment hidden from porn actor Stormy Daniels. before the 2016 election. Daniels claims she had a sexual encounter with Trump ten years earlier, which he denies.
Trump’s stated opposition to signing a national abortion ban and his reluctance to detail some of his views on the issue are at odds with many members of the evangelical movement, a key part of Trump’s base that should help him vote in his November campaign. rematch with Democratic President Joe Biden.
But while many members of the movement would like to see him do more to restrict abortion, they hail him as the cause’s greatest champion because of his role in appointing U.S. Supreme Court justices who overturned the nation’s right to abortion in 2022.
Trump highlighted that Saturday, saying, “We did something extraordinary,” but the issue would be left to the people in the United States to decide.
“Every voter has to go with their heart and do what is right, but we also have to get elected,” he said.
While he continues to take credit for overturning Roe v. Wade, Trump also warned that abortion can be politically complicated for Republicans. For months he has deferred questions about his position on the national ban.
Last year, when Trump addressed the Faith and Freedom Coalition, he said there was “a vital role for the federal government in protecting unborn life,” but provided no further details beyond that.
In April this year, Trump said he believed the issue should now be left to the states. He later stated in an interview that he would not sign a national ban on abortion if it were approved by Congress. He still refused to detail his position on women’s access to the abortion pill mifepristone.
About two-thirds of Americans say abortion should generally be legal, according to a poll conducted last year by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Attendees at Saturday’s evangelical meeting said that while they would like to see a national abortion ban, Trump is losing none of their deep support.
“I would rather have him sign a national ban,” said Jerri Dickinson, a 78-year-old retired social worker and member of Faith & Freedom of New Jersey. “I understand, however, that, in accordance with the Constitution, this decision should be left to the states.”
Dickinson said she resents her state’s abortion law, which places no limits on the procedure based on gestational age. But she said that, in addition to preferring a national ban, leaving the issue to the state “is the best alternative.”
According to AP VoteCast, a large survey of the electorate, about 8 in 10 white evangelical Christian voters supported Trump in 2020, and nearly 4 in 10 Trump voters identified themselves as white evangelical Christians. White evangelical Christians made up about 20% of the overall electorate that year.
Beyond simply offering its support in the general election, the Faith and Freedom Coalition plans to help turn out the vote for Trump and other Republicans, aiming to use volunteers and paid workers to knock on millions of doors in battleground states .
Trump also rallied voters in Philadelphia on Saturday with a speech heavily focused on violent crime, telling supporters at an arena that he would give police officers immunity from prosecution.
“Under Crooked Joe, the City of Brotherly Love was ravaged by bloodshed and crime,” he said. “We will increase federal law enforcement resources in the places that need them most.”
Statistics from Philadelphia’s City Controller say there were 410 homicides in 2023, a 20% drop from 2022.
Tyler Cecconi, 25, of Richmond, Virginia, said he is happy Trump is stepping out of his comfort zone and going places that may not be red. At the venue, a digital banner read “Philadelphia is Trump Country.”
“He’s showing people that whether you vote for him or not, or whether it’s a blue county or a red county, it doesn’t matter to him,” Cecconi said. “A president is for everyone in this country.”
Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Dave McCormick attended the rally and appeared on stage to talk to voters about the economy and immigration.
“This economy doesn’t work for most Pennsylvanians, and it doesn’t work for most Americans,” McCormick said.
At both events, Trump repeatedly returned to the topic of the U.S.-Mexico border and, describing migrants crossing it as “tough,” said he told his friend Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship , to enlist them in a new version of the sport.
“’Why don’t you create a migrant league and have your normal fighter league. And then you have your league champion, these are the greatest fighters in the world, fighting the migrant champion,’” Trump explained to White. “I think the migrant boy could win, that’s how tough they are. He didn’t like the idea very much.”
Biden’s campaign responded to Trump’s remarks by saying it was “appropriate” for Trump, convicted of a crime, to spend time at a religious conference threatening immigration and “bragging about stealing Americans’ freedoms.”
“Trump’s incoherent and unhinged tirade has shown voters in his own words that Trump is a threat to our freedoms and is too dangerous to be allowed anywhere near the White House again,” the spokeswoman said in a statement. Sarafina Chitika campaign.

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