Donald Trump Hails His Supreme Court Picks Behind Abortion Ruling

Donald Trump hailed his three Supreme Court picks for "standing their ground" to end the constitutional right to abortion, as he spoke at a rally in Illinois on Saturday—a day after the court overturned Roe V Wade.

Three justices Trump nominated during his single term as president—Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett—all voted in favor of overturning the landmark 1973 ruling on Friday, in a decision expected to lead to abortion bans in about half the states.

The vote was 5-4 in favor of overturning Roe.

"Yesterday the court handed down a victory for the Constitution, a victory for the rule of law, and above all, a victory for life," Trump told the crowd during Saturday's rally in Mendon.

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Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court during a formal group photograph at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, April 23, 2021. Seated from left: Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Standing from left: Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh (Circled), Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch (Circled) and Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett (Circled). Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation by the Senate last year was a touchstone accomplishment for Donald Trump and congressional Republicans that solidified a 6-3 conservative majority on the court just eight days before the U.S. held its presidential election. Insert image Donald Trump. Erin Schaff/Getty
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Former President Donald Trump gives remarks during a Save America Rally at the Adams County Fairgrounds on June 25, 2022 in Mendon, Illinois. During the rally, Trump praised justices - including those he had picked - for overturning the original Roe V Wade ruling. Getty Images/Getty

Trump said he had promised in 2016 to appoint judges and justices who "would stand up for the original meaning of the Constitution" and "honestly and faithfully interpret the law as written."

"Thanks to the courage found within the United States Supreme Court, this long divisive issue will be decided by the states and by the American people," Trump said.

"That's the way it should have been many, many years ago and that's the way it is now so congratulations. As for the Republican Party, we are today the party of life and we are the party of everyone."

At this point, the crowd proceeded to chant "Thank you Trump! Thank you Trump!"

Trump thanked the crowd and continued: "We believe that every precious child is born and unborn as the sacred gift from God."

President Joe Biden has suggested Trump's picks were crucial to the court's decision.

In remarks after the Supreme Court's ruling, Biden said they were the "core" of a decision "to upend the scales of justice and eliminate a fundamental right for women in this country."

At the rally on Saturday, Trump commended the justices for "standing strong in the face of outrageous threats and violence," including an attack on conservative justice Brett Kavanagh.

Trump also used his speech at Saturday's rally to lash out at the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. In the hearings, multiple Republican officials and former Justice Department officials testified in hearings this week about Trump's efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

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Audience members cheer at the Save America Rally in Mendon, Illinois, on Saturday. Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images

He claimed the committee are "pushing a fake and fabricated narrative based on doctored video, lies and testimony that is totally uncontested by cross examination.

Meanwhile, Illinois Rep. Mary Miller came under fire after calling the Supreme Court's decision overturning Roe a "victory for white life" during her remarks at Saturday's rally.

"President Trump, on behalf of all the MAGA patriots in America, I want to thank you for the historic victory for white life in the Supreme Court yesterday," she said, eliciting cheers from the crowd.

Miller spokesman Isaiah Wartman told Newsweek that she had intended to say the decision was a victory for a "right to life" but she misread her prepared remarks.

"If you watch the video, you clearly see Rep. Miller looking down at her paper and can see the stumble. Happens to everyone," Wartman said.

Miller is running for reelection in the state's newly redrawn 15th Congressional District against GOP Rep. Rodney Davis with Trump's endorsement.

The freshman congresswoman, who was among those who voted to overturn the results of the 2020 election, previously faced calls to resign after quoting Adolf Hitler in a speech days before the deadly storming of the Capitol.

Trump's spokesperson has been contacted for further comment.

Update 6/26/22, 9:12 a.m. ET: This article has been updated with comment from Miller's spokesperson.

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