Trump gets hero’s welcome at Christian summit – The Hill
Trump received multiple standing ovations as the first-ever sitting president to address the Values Voter Summit, a yearly gathering of social conservatives at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington. The summit was standing room onlyÂ while the president spoke,Â the roomÂ packed to the gills with cheering conservatives snapping photos of the president.
Trump, who has become a hero on the religious right for early actions on abortion and religious liberty, cast his governing philosophy as one steeped in Biblical principles.
âIn America we donât worship government, we worship God,â Trump said.
âWeÂ know that parents, notÂ bureaucrats, know best how toÂ raise their children and createÂ a thriving society,â he added. âWe know that faith and prayer â not federal regulation, and by the way, we are cutting regulations at a clip that nobody has ever seen before.â
The president brought the crowd to its feet as he dipped into the culture wars and blamed âpolitically correctâ liberals of warring against American traditions, like the celebration of Christmas.Â
âWeâre saying Merry Christmas again,â Trump said.
âHow times have changed,â he added. âYou know, now they’re changingÂ back again.Â Just remember that.Â â
The room also exploded withÂ excitement when Trump mentioned his respect for the American flag. The president has been embroiled in a bitter dispute with NFL players who have been kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality.
âWe believe in strong familiesÂ and safe communities,â Trump said. âWe honor the dignity of work.Â We defend our constitution.Â We protect religious liberty.Â We treasure our freedom.Â We are proud of our history.Â We support the rule of law andÂ the incredible men and women ofÂ law enforcement.Â We celebrate our heroes andÂ salute every American that wearsÂ the uniform.Â We respect our great AmericanÂ flag.â
Trump was preceded at the conference by conservative allies such as Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who praised the president for delivering on his campaign promises to social conservatives and called on voters to reject lawmakers who won’t move Trump’s agenda forward.
âIn the last ten months we haveÂ followed through on one promiseÂ after another,â Trump boasted. âIf I did have a schedule, IÂ would say we are substantiallyÂ ahead of schedule.â
On the abortion front, conservatives have been thrilled by Trumpâs actions, including his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and his decision to sign a Congressional Review Act resolution that nullified an Obama-era regulation prohibiting states from defunding Planned Parenthood.