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Donald Trump and others speak at 2017 Voters Value Summit

14 October 2017
Donald Trump and others speak at 2017 Voters Value Summit

He says Gorsuch is in the mold of Justice Antonin Scalia, the conservative whose death in February 2016 created the vacancy on the high court that Trump was able to fill.

"We are getting near the handsome Christmas season that people don't talk about anymore", Trump said in a staccato voice.

"In protecting America's interests overseas, we will always support our cherished friend and partner, the State of Israel". The founders invoked "our creator" four times in the declaration of independence, he said.

"Bureaucrats think they can run your lives, overrule your values and tell you how to think", President Trump added.

The Values Voter summit is sponsored by the conservative Family Research Council. "The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome us", Trump said.

But it was not only the Gorsuch nomination, but the "150 other conservative court nominees" Trump appointed who will "turn back this country to its roots".

Trump, who received standing ovations throughout his speech, promised to restore "moral clarity" to the United States' view of the world, as he touted his success in office. "I didn't have a schedule, but if I did have a schedule I would say we are substantially ahead of schedule". He also said he hoped Congress will give the American people a Christmas gift by passing his tax cut proposal.

But there was no hesitation among the crowd in its fervor for Trump, as he threw out plenty of red meat and hit many religious themes, despite showing an unfamiliarity with Scripture in the past. They don't use the word Christmas because it's not politically correct.

The National Park Service, however, has withdrawn former plans to mount the flag at the insistence of a vexed Secretary Ryan Zinke who wished to make certain "no rainbow flag would be flying on U.S. government property", reported New York City's Gay City News. 'You go to department stores and they'll say "Happy New Year", or they'll say other things.

Trump waded again into the cultural war that has captured his attention in recent weeks, declaring to loud applause that "we respect our great American flag", a not-too-subtle reference to his repeated denunciations of NFL players who have taken to kneeling during the national anthem.

"In the last 10 months we have followed through on one promise after another", Trump said.

Trump appeared before the group again last September, in the electoral stretch run usually devoted to wooing undecided voters, and aimed his pitch toward his religious base.

And win them over he did - 80 percent of white evangelicals cast their vote for Trump last November, according to exit polls.

Earlier in the speech, he paid tribute to victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, fires in California and hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.