A photo of Donald Trump holding a bible. There are two American flags behind him.

Trump’s views on abortion and ‘Christian Visibility Day’ are chilling


You’re not paying attention if you are not thoroughly shaken by Donald Trump’s shameless pandering to Christian evangelicals, fundamentalists and Christian nationalists, as well as his dishonesty on abortion.

CNN recently noted that Trump’s views on abortion have shifted 15 times in the past 25 years. Two days before the Arizona Supreme Court’s supremely unpopular ruling upholding a territorial abortion ban, Trump issued a video saying: “This 50-year battle over Roe v. Wade took it out of the federal hands and brought it into the hearts, minds, and vote of the people in each state, it was really something. Now, it’s up to the states to do the right thing.” He patted himself on the back, while praising the six Republican-appointed justices who overturned Roe v. Wade: “Since I was proudly the person responsible for the ending of something that all legal scholars, both sides, wanted and, in fact, demanded be ended: Roe v. Wade.” (Lies, lies and more lies.)

But after the Arizona ruling and backlash, Trump told reporters that the Grand Canyon State went too far and claimed that he wouldn’t sign a national ban if reelected.

Don’t believe a word of it. 

Legal scholar Mary Ziegler has shown how Project 2025, the Heritage Foundation’s blueprint for an autocratic, theocratic takeover of our secular democracy if Trump wins, even has a blueprint for a backdoor ban on abortions. New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie correctly notes, “Donald Trump does not speak from conviction. He does not speak from belief or at least any belief other than self-obsession. … Trump landed a major blow against legal abortion during his first term. If given a second, he will land another.”

One thing Trump is straightforward about: his courtship of the Christian right. Trump recently proposed making Election Day Christian Visibility Day, partly a potshot at President Biden for recognizing Trans Visibility Day, which happened to fall on Easter Sunday this year and which Trump endlessly derided. At a rally in Green Bay, Wis., on April 3, Trump declaimed: “You know what it’s going to be called? Christian Visibility Day, when Christians turn out in numbers that nobody has ever seen before.” Axios reported that his supporters were queued in a line a half-mile long in hail and freezing temperatures, and that they “shouted their approval.” Trump repeated his new favorite line: “We must make America pray again.” (Brazenly, he also hawked his $60 bible during the rally, even though he has explicitly said the bible sale is being done as a private citizen, thereby, to no surprise, mixing his personal business deals with his campaign.)

Earlier this month, the New York Times ran a major story, “Trump rallies are evolving into a church.” The “Church of Trump” as seen at his rallies involves many in the “congregation” waving hands and praying as Trump intones an altar-call like conclusion reminiscent of church-goers committing to their savior: “We will pray to God for our strength and for our liberty. We will pray for God and we will pray with God. We are one movement, one people, one family and one glorious nation under God.”

Here’s what Election Day really needs to look like: “Secular Visibility Day.” We “Nones” (nonreligious) have the numbers and can and must counter the Christian nationalism by turning out the vote to uphold our secular democracy.

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