Speaking to David Brody with the Christian channel CBN, Donald Trump struggled to remember the name of the March for Life:

“Nobody has been more pro-life as president than I have.  I even went to the recent—they had a fantastic thing three blocks away in the park.  I went to it, and I am the first president who ever went to it, the celebration of the victories.”

In its 46-year history, the March for Life has been held around January 22nd, to mark the day Roe v. Wade was announced.  Presumably, the March for Life was meant to protest the decision—although clarity of purpose has faded over the years. 

Trump has often stated that he was “the first” to address the March.  In fact, he was the first post-1985 Republican president to ignore the March for Life, days after he first took office.

Since 1985, when Ronald Reagan began the tradition, every Republican president has addressed the March in some way, either by phone or written statement.   Trump broke the tradition in 2017.

Reagan: 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988

G.H.W. Bush: 19891990, 1991, 1992

G.W. Bush: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Trump: 2018, 2019, 2020

Trump only attended the 2020 March for Life in person when he was in the midst of his impeachment trial.    

In the Brody interview, Trump boasted that he was better than Reagan on the Mexico City Policy, calling Reagan’s policy “Mexico City-lite.  Mine is Mexico City-strong.”

However, Trump’s Mexico City Policy includes exceptions for rape and incest, unlike Reagan’s.  


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