First year of Trump-Pence brings bountiful blessings, religious conservatives say

“God must have a sense of humor,” said Ralph Reed, chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition who considers himself a friend of Trump’s. “Because for Donald Trump to have emerged as one of the great advocates for the agenda of evangelicals and social conservatives is something that very few would have predicted even a few years ago in American politics.”

The list of victories includes:

Judicial appointments: In addition to appointing Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Trump placed a first-year record of 12 justices on the U.S. Court of Appeals, in addition to six district court judges. “His record on judicial nominees has been one of the most impressive, if not the most impressive, that we’ve had out of any president,” said Reed, who has worked closely with, or known, many presidents.

Anti-abortion actions: Trump’s steps included not just reinstating, but expanding, a policy first adopted by GOP presidents in 1984 to prohibit U.S. aid from supporting international groups that promote abortion. Vice President Pence was the highest-ranked administration figure to speak at the annual March for Life anti-abortion rally last year. Trump is addressing this year’s march by satellite Friday. “It’s part of the DNA of this administration,” Daly said.

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