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Former President Donald Trump celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade at a rally in Illinois on Saturday, where he also endorsed two Republicans.
“The court has delivered a victory for the Constitution, a victory for the rule of law and above all, a victory for life,” Trump told a crowd of his supporters at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Mendon, referring to Friday’s abortion decision.
While in office, Trump nominated Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, all of whom voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.
In his remarks, the former president applauded the efforts of pro-life activists and other conservatives: “Your love, your sacrifice and your boundless devotion have finally been fully rewarded”.
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“Thank you, Trump! the thundering crowd chanted back.
The rally focused on Trump’s endorsement of Darren Bailey for governor of Illinois and his renewed support for Representative Mary Miller, a Republican who represents the 15th congressional district.
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“Darren is a farmer and he is a fighter and he was an outstanding warrior in the Illinois State Senate where he is totally, totally respected by everyone,” Trump said.
“He will crack down on the violent crime that is eating up our Democratic-run cities and make the state of Illinois great again. Darren has my complete and total endorsement,” the former president continued, before calling the Democratic governor JB Pritzker “one of the worst governors in America.”
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Bailey, a third-generation farmer who has served in both the Illinois House of Representatives and the state Senate, said he will seek to help Trump win Illinois in 2024.
“We’ve got our work cut out here in Illinois, my friends,” Bailey said. “I promised President Trump that in 2024 Illinois would roll out the red carpet for him because Illinois would be ready for President Trump.”
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Trump lost the state in his 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton as well as in the 2020 election loss to President Joe Biden.
Trump’s rally was also aimed at bolstering support for Miller, whom he first endorsed on Jan. 1.
“With Mary, you can elect a fearless America First Patriot,” Trump told the crowd. “She’s an amazing woman, someone I’ve come to know very well. She’s been with me since day one. No bad statements, you know, saying bad things about me two years ago, three years ago, a year ago,” Trump said, adding that she was “a warrior for our movement.”
Miller also applauded the Supreme Court’s recent ruling, calling it a “historic victory.”
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She said the decision would not have been possible if the Republican Party was led by “Never-Trump RINOs”. RINO stands for Republican in name only and is often used to describe conservatives who do not align their votes with other party members.
Illinois’ primary election is Tuesday, June 28.