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Trump praises Down syndrome pro-life advocate at Faith & Freedom conference

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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 28, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — President Donald Trump recounted for Christian supporters his pro-life achievements but cautioned that the political landscape is “fragile” and could change abruptly if the “wrong person” is elected president in 2020. 

On Wednesday, President Trump kicked off the four days of the Faith & Freedom Coalition Road to Majority Conference in Washington, D.C., telling the mostly evangelical Christian audience, “We’ve done things that are so good and so righteous and also so fragile,” and warned, “The wrong person in office, in this office right here, can change it very quickly.”

Addressing the Coalition’s policy conference for the second time as president, Trump praised it as the biggest grassroots organization among people of faith. Trump said that when he ran for the presidency 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.”

Trump spoke about the successes of his administration in naming more than 140 federal judges and two Supreme Court justices. Touting advances in job creation, defending religious freedom, and criminal justice reform, Trump warned, “This could all change very quickly.”

In an apparent appeal for increased turnout at the polls by Christians, he said, “We have done things that nobody would have thought possible. We have done things that are so good and so righteous but so, so fragile. But the wrong person in office … could change it very quickly.”

Trump said of his administration, “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.”

Calling on a pro-life advocate he hosted around the time of the March for Life, Trump thanked Katie Shaw of Indiana for her presence at the conference. “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.”

Trump said of Shaw, “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.” 

To the applause of the audience, Trump said, “Our nation is uplifted by incredible Americans like Katie who fight for the dignity of all humanity. My administration has also taken historic action to protect Americans’ rights enshrined in the Constitution.”

Pointing out the risks facing voters in the 2020 election, Trump added, “Democrats are determined to pack the courts with radical-left judges who will impose their own far-left views on the American people. That is why I will soon appoint my 145th judge to interpret the Constitution as written.”

Trump’s recognition of Shaw was especially poignant because of radical pro-abortion laws approved in several states, including New York, that allow abortion until delivery for nearly any reason, including a diagnosis of Down syndrome. A 2012 medical study showed that at least 67 percent of unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted.

Going on to other political issues, Trump spoke about border security and the migrant crisis for which Democrats have blamed him. Despite reports about inadequate conditions in government detention facilities for migrants, especially children and minors seeking asylum, Trump said, “We are taking care of them, much better than President Obama took care of them.” Trump told the conferees, “I can tell you that. Much better. He was the one that had separation. I am the one that keeps them together.”

Blaming Democrats for causing the conditions that attract migrants who bring children as a ticket for crossing the southern border, Trump said that if Democrats had a “shred of moral decency,” they would change immigration laws.

“How do you have thousands of thousands of children?” he asked. “We have them because the law incentivizes criminals to bring children up and use those (children) to get people into our country. Can you ever imagine this? We are the only country in the world that has this.”

Ralph Reed, head of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, warmed up the conference before Trump’s speech to say the president’s job approval rating is at 83 percent among evangelical Christians in the U.S. and is the “highest ever recorded.”

Reed, a leader among conservative Christians for decades, said, “We have had some great leaders. There has never been anyone who has defended us and fought for us, who we have loved more than Donald J. Trump” despite a hostile media. He added that Christians support “this good man” because “we have seen his heart and he is everything he promised he would be and more.” 

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