President Donald Trump in a pre-recorded speech on Thursday accused the Democratic party of bias against Catholics.
The president made the remarks as part of the virtual annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner.
“I consider myself to be a happy warrior, but it’s not so easy in these times. But he was a happy warrior of American politics,” Trump said of Smith. “He spent his life fighting for hardworking Americans and battling the anti-Catholic prejudice that you see even today coming out of the Democrat party.”
The president then said he won’t tolerate attacks on the faith of Amy Coney Barrett, a devout catholic he has nominated for the Supreme Court.
“We will not stand for any attacks against Judge Barrett’s faith. Anti-Catholic bigotry has absolutely no place in the United States of America,” the president said.
“It predominates in the Democrat party, and we must do something immediately about it, like a Republican win—and let’s make it a really big one.”
Barrett faced attacks on her faith during the confirmation to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden delivered a speech before Trump. The former vice president lamented the loss of life from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus, commonly known as the coronavirus. Biden spoke of how his Catholic faith has helped him get through crises.
“Throughout my life in public service, I’ve been guided by the tenets of Catholic social doctrine that cuts across all confessional faiths—what you do to the least among us, you do unto me,” Biden said.
“We have an obligation to one another. We cannot serve ourselves at the expense of others.”
Trump briefly touched on other topics, including his promise to deliver school choice to every American family. If implemented, school choice would be a boon for religious schools, which would be eligible to receive government funds for students who attend such schools in lieu of a public school.
He also touched on the topic of abortion through the lens of the Supreme Court and the upcoming election.
“And we are defending the sacred right to life,” the president said. “Remember that when you vote. That’s so important, and so important to the Supreme Court. Every child, born and unborn, is made in the holy image of God.”
In a familiar critique, he accused Beijing of taking too long to inform the world about the CCP virus outbreak.
“China shouldn’t have let it happen, but it did,” Trump said.