Yesterday, Jon Schweppe gave readers of The Pulse 2016 his thoughts after attending Donald Trump’s Tuesday meeting with religious conservatives in New York. His article summarized some of the assurances Trump made, but now that the official transcript of the meeting has been released, a more detailed picture has emerged of how the presumptive Republican nominee plans to protect and promote pro-life principles and religious freedom if elected.
During the meeting, Trump reiterated his promise to pick strictly pro-life Supreme Court justices if elected:
There are numerous things that we’re going to be doing. For one thing, we’re going to appoint great Supreme Court justices. [Applause]
And these will be Supreme Court justices that will be great intellects, that will be talented men in what they do (and women), but also be pro-life. . . .
“I’m putting pro-life judges on… Eleven, we’ve picked 11 so far. And we’ll pick a few more and they’ll be very similar. I’ve gotten tremendous reviews. The alternative is the opposite. There won’t be any pro-life judges put on there. They will be all pro-choice. They will be all, 100 percent.”
Trump also spoke frankly about religious freedom in the U.S., observing that the question of religious liberty is “the number one question,” and speaking at length regarding the Johnson Amendment:
The government has gotten so involved in your religion. Especially your religion, that it makes it very difficult. We’ll talk about that. Mike and I have been discussing it, and I think we have some very important things to say.