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Trump says people using 'Merry Christmas' again

Trump says people using 'Merry Christmas' again

The event will have guests such as Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty, who at a Ted Cruz engagement once put the onus to conservatives to "rid the earth" of gays.

'We protect religious liberty, ' he said. Our founders invoked our creator four times in the Declaration of Independence.

Trump went back to the topic - a staple of his late campaign rallies where he brought in Christmas trees - in a speech to the Values Voter Summit gathering of religious conservatives and activists at a D.C. hotel Friday.

"We will defeat every evil, overcome every threat, and meet every single challenge", Trump said.

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"Since the early days of the campaign, President Trump allied himself with values voters, promising to put an end to the 8 years of relentless assault on the First Amendment", said Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council (FRC), of which FRC Action is a legislative affiliate.

Trump also reviewed his accomplishments, noting that he's followed through on promise after promise since taking office. "I didn't have a schedule, [but] if I did have a schedule, I would say we are substantially ahead of schedule".

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. As evidence of America's commitment to faith, Trump cited the inclusion of the words "one nation under God" in the pledge of allegiance.

He again used the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism", one that Barack Obama studiously avoided, to cheers and applause, and made the questionable assertion: "We've done more against Isis in nine months than the previous administration's done during its whole administration - by far, by far".

Trump also issued a call for unity at the event, recalling recent tragedies affecting the nation, such as the mass shooting at Las Vegas, the wildfire claiming lives in California and devastation caused by hurricanes along the Gulf Coast, in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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The President received a roaring approval from the crowd and a standing ovation when he mentioned the War on Christmas and how department stores and others have been bullied by political correctness.

Then-GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump holds up his Bible, given to him by his mother, as he spoke during the Values Voter Summit in 2015.

He added that people were saying "Merry Christmas" again and hoped Congress will pass his tax cut proposal as a festive gift to the American people.

Eight in 10 white evangelicals cast their vote for Trump last November, according to exit polls - a higher proportion than supported fellow Republicans George W Bush in 2004, John McCain in 2008 or Mitt Romney in 2012.

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