Donald Trump's speech to U.S. conservatives laced with Christmas spirit

President Donald Trump will speak at the 2017 Values Voter Summit. Ted Cruz and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Trump held a Bible aloft and declared: "I believe in God".

"Everyone here today is brought together by the same shared and timeless values", said the thrice-married socialite and reality TV star who was once recorded bragging about grabbing women "by the pussy", yet who gained strong backing from Christian evangelicals in last November's election. We love our families, [love] our neighbors. We honour the dignity of work.

'We protect religious liberty, ' he said.

"We will defeat every evil, overcome every threat, and meet every single challenge", Trump said. 'We treasure our freedom.

"We have made great strides against ISIS - tremendous strides". "If Republicans aren't going to stand up for our values, drain the swamp, and keep their promises - then voters will". A panel featuring three Republican members of Congress had praised Trump's attempt to ban transgender people in the military and urged tougher restrictions on abortion. Looking to Perkins on stage, Trump later said, "He's saying - they're saying no".

He noted, as Christian conservatives often do, that there are four references to the "creator" in the Declaration of Independence, saying "religious liberty is enshrined" in the nation's founding documents.

"How times have changed, but you know what?" You know, now they're changing back again. These and millions of other voters went heavy for the "working-class billionaire", whom they saw as someone who would push back against an assault on their values and way of life.

Trump also reviewed his accomplishments, noting that he's followed through on promise after promise since taking office. And something I've said so much during the last two years, but I'll say it again as we approach the end of the year.

He got a standing ovation when he talked of appointing Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

"We are stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values", he said.

"We will not allow government workers to censor sermons or target our pastors, our ministers, our rabbis", President Trump said.

"These are the people we want to hear from and they are not going to be silenced any longer", continued Trump, receiving applause from the audience. As we approach the end of the year-you know, we're getting near that lovely Christmas season that people don't talk about anymore. "They don't use the word "Christmas" because it's not politically correct", he said, explaining that politically correct culture has made it hard to celebrate the holiday. Americans are as free today as they were previous year or decades ago to say "Merry Christmas", or "Happy Holidays", or nothing at all. And it will be red, they'll have it painted, but they don't say it. This is America's heritage, a country that never forgets that we are all - all, every one of us - made by the same God in Heaven.

White-only Catholics voted for Mitt Romney by a slight margin, while President Trump won them overwhelmingly.

  • Rogelio Becker