Trump Throws Support Behind March for Life
VP Mike Pence became the first U.S. president or vice president in 44 years to speak in person at the annual march on Friday.
The Trump administration has thrown its support behind the annual March For Life, six days after an historic number of people across the world marched in support of women's rights.
One week after President Donald Trump's Inauguration Day, which was followed by Saturday's massive Women's March on Washington, the March for Life on the National Mall is taking place Friday. The rally is held each year in Washington, D.C. to mark the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion.
Vice President Mike Pence, along with Trump's senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, both spoke at the event, marking the first time in the rally's 44-year history that a president or vice president has ever addressed the anti-abortion march in person. In 1988, President Reagan pre-recorded a video message and in 2008, President George W. Bush called in over the phone.
Trump, who has continued to downplay the record demonstrations that took place worldwide following his inauguration, meanwhile took to Twitter to express his "full support" for those marching on Friday.
"The #MarchForLife is so important. To all of you marching — you have my full support!" the president tweeted from his personal account.
Ahead of the event, Trump said hundreds of thousands of people would march but that the media wouldn't cover the event. "They'll have 300, 400, 500, 600 thousand people," he told Republican lawmakers on Thursday. "You won't even read about it. When other people show up, you read big-time about it. Right? So, it's not fair, but nothing is fair about the media."
The National Park Service estimated a crowd of 50,000 would be in attendance.
Trump, who according to the Associated Press could not "enjoy" his first weekend in the White House due to the overwhelming press coverage comparing the women's march turnout to that of his inauguration crowd, continues to tout his crowd size in interviews even after Conway admitted White House press secretary Sean Spicer was referring to "alternative facts" when he made false comments about the attendance to the press.
The Women's March on Washington exceeded initial estimates, spurring a movement where more than 3 million people participated in 600 marches across the nation and around the world.
Patricia Arquette, who participated in the Women's March on Washington, kicked off the Hollywood reactions on Friday, taking issue with Pence's public support.
"When people say Women's rights are not threatened under Trump they R delusional," she tweeted. "VP is speaking Pro Life March & wants 2 defund PP." (See some of the responses from those in Hollywood below.)
When people say Women's rights are not threatened under Trump they R delusional. VP is speaking Pro Life March & wants 2 defund PP— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) January 27, 2017
Can we unplug Trump's controller from the presidency?— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 27, 2017
Because of global warming! Which will kill us all. Where's your march for those eggs? https://t.co/BtezjeskbF— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) January 27, 2017
On Monday, one of Trump's first executive orders as president was to call for a ban of federal funds to organizations that promote abortion, including Planned Parenthood.
During the rally, Pence praised Trump reinstating the policy and vowed that the administration will work with Congress to end taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion providers, adding that they will instead devote those services to healthcare services for women across America.
"Life is winning again in America," said Pence, who noted that Trump will choose a Supreme Court justice next week who will "uphold the God-given liberties enshrined in our Constitution."