President Donald Trump attended the March for Life in Washington on Friday, making him the first president to ever attend the annual gathering of pro-life activists in its 46-year history.
“See you on Friday…Big Crowd!” Trump posted on his social media account earlier in the week.
When word broke about the president’s attendance at the event, organizers were elated.
“We are deeply honored to welcome President Trump to the 47th annual March for Life,” March for Life president Jeanne Mancini told Fox News. “He will be the first president in history to attend and we are so excited for him to experience in person how passionate our marchers are about life and protecting the unborn.”
Planned Parenthood responded with negativity at the news, as expected.
“Further confirmation that the sitting President of the United States is determined to end the American people’s ability to access abortion,” Acting President and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson posted on social media.
The president did in fact make history on Friday by attending the march, and was there to show his support for the pro-life stance he has taken since in office and to show American Republican voters that he supports their beliefs.
“They are coming after me, because I am fighting for you,” Trump told the crowd, referring to the impeachment trial currently happening in the Senate. “And we are fighting for those who have no voice.”
“And we will win,” Trump added, “because we know how to win.”
At the march, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, Marjorie Dannenfelser, made a plea for support for Trump’s re-election, calling the 2020 election “the most consequential election of our lifetimes for the cause of the unborn.”
“We have seen historic gains under this President. You heard what his heart his and what his track record is,” Dannefelser said, adding “But now it’s time to go for the win,” calling for the overturning of Roe v. Wade and for passage of federal legislation restricting abortions.
Dannenfelser called Trump’s appearance at the march “a moment of celebration for the pro-life movement,” in an interview with NPR last month. She indicated that it is a reminder of how far the president has in the minds of some conservatives who were skeptical at first due to his past history of support for abortion rights.
“Everyone doubted where he was on the abortion issue. He stated what he believed. There were doubts all over — I mean, I was one of them,” Dannenfelser said. “So he’s actually become the person that he says he is.”
Several members who attended the march told NPR that while they have had some misgivings about the president, they are pleased with his record on issues about abortion.
There is much at stake in the 2020 election when it comes to abortion. In fact, directly after Trump’s address to the crowd, activists will march from the National Mall to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is set to hear its first major abortion case since Trump’s two conservative nominees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, were appointed.
Watch President Trump’s full speech below at the 2020 March for Life below.