The support also comes despite the fact that less than 20 years ago, Trump described himself as “very pro-choice,” and on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he elaborated by saying, “I hate the concept of abortion. I hate it…But still, I just believe in choice.”
But since his January 2017 inauguration, Trump has worked to regulate and restrict abortion access, and just hours before his speech on Friday, his administration threatened to cut off some federal funds to California unless it drops the state mandate that private health insurers cover abortion.
Trump also highlighted the ability to punish colleges that he believes don’t protect anti-abortion students’ right to free speech.
“And if universities want federal taxpayer dollars, then they must uphold your First Amendment right to speak your mind, and if they don’t, they pay a very big financial penalty which they will not be willing to pay.”
Trump spent a sizable portion of his remarks going after what he called the dangerous agenda of “far-left” Democrats. He cited examples like lawmakers in New York reportedly celebrating legislation that allowed abortion up until delivery, and he repeated his dubious claim that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said he would allow for a newborn to be executed after birth.
“When it comes to abortion, Democrats, and you know this, you’ve seen what’s happened. Democrats have embraced the most radical and extreme positions,” Trump said.
Standing on the stage alongside Republican lawmakers like Sens. Mike Lee and James Lankford, Trump said Democrats “are coming after me.”
“They are coming after me because I am fighting for you,” Trump said. “And we are fighting for those who have no voice, and we will win because we know how to win.”