Trump delivers keynote address at Faith and Freedom Coalition’s 2024 Road to Majority Conference

Former President Trump will deliver the keynote address at a major Christian conference Saturday as he courts social conservatives before formally accepting the Republican presidential nomination in July.About an hour before speaking, Trump released a video from his private plane, “Trump Force One,” announcing that he was headed “at fairly rapid speed” to the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C., where the Faith and Freedom Coalition (F&F) is hosting its Road to Majority Conference.  “It’s a great group, it’s going to be a big crowd, and you’ll be watching it very shortly,” Trump said. His speech will be his ninth at the faith-based conference. After his remarks, which are expected to last about an hour and 15 minutes, the president will travel to Philadelphia for a rally this evening. TRUMP’S POTENTIAL RUNNING MATES TO COMPETE FOR APPROVAL AT MAJOR CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE AS SPECULATION SWIRLSThe Road to Majority Conference is hosted annually by F&F, a major Christian grassroots organization with more than 3 million members across the U.S. The conference is known as the largest public policy gathering of conservative Christian activists in the U.S., and will focus on policy issues that matter most to voters of faith ahead of the 2024 election.Ralph Reed, the founder and chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, told the Associated Press that social conservatives would like to see a federal ban on abortion and want Republican elected officials to be “profiles in courage” who are “articulating their strongly held pro-life views.”BIDEN DHS SUGGESTED TRUMP SUPPORTERS, MILITARY AND RELIGIOUS PEOPLE ARE LIKELY VIOLENT TERROR THREATSTrump has previously said he does not support a federal abortion ban and that individual state governments should be permitted to regulate abortion. While his view is at odds with many evangelical Christian voters in the pro-life movement, he is still viewed favorably on the right for appointing three of the Supreme Court justices who overturned Roe v. Wade, ending federal protections for abortion. Reed told the AP that Trump’s position does not put him at risk of losing any support from evangelical voters, who give him “more slack in the rope than they would likely give another politician.” TRUMP ENDORSES TEN COMMANDMENTS IN LOUISIANA SCHOOLS: ‘REVIVAL OF RELIGION’”I don’t think it’s going to hurt him at all because he’s got enormous credibility on this issue,” Reed said. “He did more for the pro-life and pro-family cause than any president we’ve ever had in the history of the movement.”Other prominent speakers at the conference were Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson, former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who left the Democratic Party in 2022, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Tennessee Sen. Bill Hagerty.Youngkin, Noem, Carson and Gabbard have all been mentioned as potential running mates for Trump. The event marks the latest instance where a number of those reportedly in the running for the role could be competing on stage for Trump’s approval ahead of the Republican National Convention this summer.Fox News Digital’s Brandon Gillespie and the Associated Press contributed to this report.Get the latest updates from the 2024 campaign trail, exclusive interviews and more at our Fox News Digital election hub.
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