March 01, 2018
This week, we're literally taking our show on the road -- broadcasting "Washington Watch" live from NRB in Nashville! The National Religious Broadcasters convention is one of the highlights of our year, as we look for new ways to communicate our values to the world. Vice President Mike Pence spoke at this year's event, the 75th, insisting that Christians' message is needed now more than ever. In this morning's session, I had the opportunity to speak about the unique opportunity we have under the Trump administration to reshape the country and undo some of the devastating effects of the Obama era.
The evangelical voter, I explained, has never been more important. Extreme liberals know it. That's why there's an intense effort on the Left to suppress our turnout in the upcoming elections by dampening the enthusiasm of conservative voters. "If they succeed," I told the audience, "and your listeners and viewers get discouraged and stay home, the reform is over. The wave of religious freedom successes will end." Here's how serious it is. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) needs just 24 seats to switch from Republican to Democrat to retake the House.
"In every midterm election since the Civil War, the president's party has lost, on average, 32 seats in the House and two in the Senate. There are more than 40 Republicans who have and will announce that they are retiring."
"If conservatives -- and, in particular, evangelical voters -- do not turn out, it will happen. And one of the first orders of business will be the impeachment of President Trump. They most likely will not succeed in removing him from office, but they will most likely succeed in stopping the good this administration is doing... Let's make the most of this moment."
To watch the speech in its entirety, check out the video below. You can watch my remarks beginning at 1:24:02. As part of the morning's activities, I also had the chance to join an important panel about online censorship with friends Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), fellow radio host Dennis Prager, Fox News's Todd Starnes, SBA List's Marjorie Dannenfelser, and Salem Network's Larry Elder. Together, we tackled what's becoming a bigger problem now that companies like Google and YouTube are cracking down on the conservative message. Unable to contend in the debate of ideas, the Left is systematically working to stigmatize Christians to silence them. We can't let that happen. We must protect our freedoms by using them!
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.