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(LifeSiteNews) — Taylor Marshall says he’s running for president because so-called “conservatives” have “capitulated on the most fundamental ideas of political discourse,” namely life and family issues.

The Catholic podcaster took time out of his busy schedule to discuss with me his presidential candidacy, how conservatives can learn a thing or two from Viktor Orbán’s Hungary, and the role of the Christian faith in the public square. This is The John-Henry Westen Show.

READ: Taylor Marshall announces run for President of the United States

Marshall is particularly concerned with the conservative response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade last summer, remarking how conservatives rightly celebrated it like “winning the Super Bowl” but then proceeded to “put the football down” because they worried they had become “too pro-life” or “went too far.”

“And that right there I think shows an insecurity in the conservative movement. And it shows, in a way on some issues, defeatism,” he tells me. “And so I really do believe … if we could galvanize on these basic fundamental issues … I’m talking about the very basics of human decency and honor culture, a culture that puts family number #1, and the safe environment of children with, God willing in an ideal situation, a nuclear family with a mother and a father who love each other, and society holding them up and embracing them.”

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Donald Trump has suggested a 6-week abortion ban is ''too harsh'', attacking Gov. Ron DeSantis for his bill protecting innocent human life after 6 weeks.

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The former president said he is ''looking at all alternatives'' when asked if he would support such a 6-week ban, making this a crucial opportunity for pro-life voters to make their views known to him in no uncertain terms. 

"He has to do what he has to do," Trump said about Gov. DeSantis' abortion bill. "If you look at what DeSantis did, a lot of people don't even know if he knew what he was doing. But he signed six weeks, and many people within the pro-life movement feel that that was too harsh."

Anyone truly in the pro-life movement thinking the ban is too harsh must mean it's too harsh on those babies less than 6-weeks who can still be murdered.

Mr. Trump's outlandish claim about anyone in the pro-life movement opposing the ban is doubtful to say the least, but there was more to follow in the interview.

When pressed on whether he thought the bill was ''too harsh'', Trump would not answer directly, instead saying: ''I'm looking at all alternatives. I'm looking at many alternatives. But I was able to get us to the table by terminating Roe v. Wade. That's the most important thing that's ever happened for the pro-life movement.''

The former president is correct in saying the overturning of Roe v. Wade was a monumental step for the pro-life movement, but it should only be the beginning of banning the killing of babies in the womb entirely.

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READ: ‘Murder is murder’: Taylor Marshall calls for complete ban on abortion

Marshall draws great inspiration from what Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has done in Hungary to defend the family from predatory pro-LGBT ideology. He explains that naysayers in Hungary and Europe would also claimed there was no way Orbán could implement forward-thinking pro-family policies.

“And so I’m saying: Why aren’t we Christians demanding that we value children, and we value family, and we do that by implementing [pro-family] policies,” he says. “Viktor Orbán has done a great job. And look, he’s getting results. It’s actually working. We should copy and paste what Hungary is doing … into the United States.”

As far as his presidential ambitions are concerned, Marshall says it would be “wonderful” if he managed to get on a debate stage, but what he cares most about is injecting life and family issues into the national conversation, rather than his own personal success as a candidate.

“The worst thing that could happen … is that everybody on Twitter and Facebook laughs at Taylor Marshall. ‘What an idiot. Look what he tried to do. He’s so dumb. He failed.’ Okay, so what? I’m okay with that,” he says. “I’m completely okay with that. If people [will be] mocking me and saying I failed, that’s fine. But we have to give it a try.”

“I’m preparing 12 talking points, 12 bullet points. If we could just get five of these 12 to be debated by leading candidates, that’d be a major win. The Overton window would begin to shift in our way.”

For more from Taylor Marshall, tune into today’s episode of The John-Henry Westen Show.

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John-Henry is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of He and his wife Dianne and their eight children live in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada.

He has spoken at conferences and retreats, and appeared on radio and television throughout North America, Europe and Asia. John-Henry founded the Rome Life Forum an annual strategy meeting for pro-life leaders worldwide. He co-founded Voice of the Family and serves on the executive of the Canadian National March for Life Committee, and the annual National Pro-Life Youth Conference.

He is a consultant to Canada’s largest pro-life organization Campaign Life Coalition, and serves on the executive of the Ontario branch of the organization.  He has run three times for political office in the province of Ontario representing the Family Coalition Party.

John-Henry earned an MA from the University of Toronto in School and Child Clinical Psychology and an Honours BA from York University in Psychology.