Donald Trump praised his three Supreme Court picks for “standing strong” to end the constitutional right to abortion, while speaking at a rally in Illinois on Saturday, a day after the court overturned roe v wade.
Three justices Trump nominated during his one term as president — Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett — voted Friday to overturn the landmark 1973 ruling, in a decision expected to lead to an abortion ban in roughly the half of the states.
The vote was 5-4 in favor of unseating Roe.
“Yesterday, the court ruled a victory for the Constitution, a victory for the rule of law, and most of all, a victory for life,” Trump told the crowd during Saturday’s rally in Mendon.
Trump said he had promised in 2016 to appoint judges and justices who would “uphold the original meaning of the Constitution” and “honestly and faithfully interpret the law as written.”
“Thanks to the courage found within the Supreme Court of the United States, the states and the American people will decide this longstanding divisive issue,” Trump said.
“This is how it should have been many, many years ago and this is how it is now, so congratulations. As for the Republican Party, today we are the party of life and we are the party of all.”
At which point, the crowd proceeded to chant “Thank you Trump! Thank you Trump!”
Trump thanked the crowd and continued: “We believe that every precious child is born and is not born as God’s holy gift.”
President Joe Biden has suggested that Trump’s choices were crucial to the court’s decision.
In comments after the Supreme Court ruling, Biden said they were “at the center” of a decision “to shift the scales of justice and take away a fundamental right for women in this country.”
At Saturday’s rally, Trump praised the justices for “standing firm in the face of outrageous threats and violence,” including an attack on conservative Justice Brett Kavanagh.
Trump also used his speech at Saturday’s rally to lash out at the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. In the hearings, several Republican and former Justice Department officials testified at hearings this week about Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
He claimed that the committee is “pushing a false and fabricated narrative based on doctored videos, lies and testimony that are completely unchallenged under cross-examination.”
Meanwhile, Illinois Rep. Mary Miller came under fire after calling the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe a “victory for white life” during her remarks at Saturday’s rally.
“President Trump, on behalf of all MAGA patriots in America, I want to thank you for the historic white life victory at the Supreme Court yesterday,” he said, drawing cheers from the crowd.
Miller’s spokesman, Isaiah Wartman, said news week that he had intended to say that the decision was a victory for the “right to life”, but misinterpreted his prepared comments.
“If you look at the video, you clearly see Rep. Miller looking at her paper and you can see the stumble. It happens to everyone,” Wartman said.
Miller is running for re-election in the state’s newly redrawn 15th congressional district against Republican Rep. Rodney Davis with Trump’s endorsement.
The freshman congresswoman, who was among those who voted to overturn the results of the 2020 election, previously faced calls to resign after quoting Adolf Hitler in a speech days before the deadly takeover of the Capitol.
Trump’s spokesman has been contacted for further comment.
Update 6/26/22, 9:12 am ET: This article has been updated with comments from Miller’s spokesperson.