HOLLAND, Mich. - Second lady Karen Pence rallied in Holland on Friday in an effort to energize the evangelical base that played a key role in elevating President Donald Trump to victory in Michigan in 2016.
Pence, speaking to a crowd of around 100 supporters in a tent outside Baker Lofts in Holland, noted Trump's role in appointing conservative judges to federal courts and the administration's staunch position against abortion.
She also noted Trump's planned announcement of a nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, which is expected Saturday.
"Tomorrow, he plans to nominate a woman to the Supreme Court of the United States," Pence said. "The nominee will be someone who is well qualified and will faithfully adhere to the foundational judicial principle of enforcing the Constitution as written."
Trump has nominated more than 200 federal judges, including two previous Supreme Court justices. His efficiency in filling courts has garnered Trump favor with some conservatives who are willing to overlook Trump's policies in other areas.
"You've seen it for yourself," Pence said. "You've all seen it for yourself, President Trump and Vice President (Mike) Pence are staunch defenders of religious liberty here at home and around the world."
Evangelical voters were a key facet of Trump's voting bloc in 2016, and the campaign and its supporters are aiming to energize the base again ahead of the November election.
Pence also touched on the economy's strength before the coronavirus pandemic began in the U.S. in March, calling it "the greatest economy in the history of the world."
"President Trump and my husband Vice President Pence have taken momentous action to defeat the coronavirus," she said.
Several Democratic governors have criticized the lack of a national testing strategy, as has Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. More than 200,000 people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19, the most confirmed in any nation.
Pence focused on the nation's economic recovery from the pandemic. She said if reelected, the Trump administration would create 10 million new jobs and 1 million new small businesses.
"He's going to cut taxes to boost take-home pay and keep jobs in America," she said. "Enact fair trade deals that protect American jobs, expand opportunity zones and continue a deregulatory agenda for energy independence."
Pence spoke for just more than 20 minutes. U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., also spoke, introducing Pence after a 10-minute speech where he highlighted the Trump administration's stance against abortion.
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