Trump Speaks At Anti-LGBT Group's Event: Liberals Are Trying to Silence and Punish Christians

President Donald Trump has claimed liberals are attempting to "silence and punish" Christians, and pledged never to allow the federal government to harass communities of faith.

Speaking at the annual Value Voters Summit, which is hosted by right-wing anti-LGBT group the Family Research Council, Trump suggested on Saturday night that his views were "under assault."

"Frankly, these people are crazy," the president said of the "radical left."

"We're under assault, very simple, we're under assault," the president continued, speaking to his right-wing Christian audience. "We believe in the right to free speech, we believe in the right to life."

"They're trying to silence and punish the speech of Christians and religious believers of all faiths. They are trying to hound you from the workplace, expel you from the public square and weaken the American family and indoctrinate our children," he added.

Trump became the first sitting president to speak at the summit in 2017, when he delivered an address at the event run by a group that has previously been criticized for its anti-LGBT stance.

"Family Research Council believes that homosexual conduct is harmful to the persons who engage in it and to society at large, and can never be affirmed. It is by definition unnatural, and as such is associated with negative physical and psychological health effects," the group's website reads.

The first year Trump spoke at the event, other guest speakers included the founder of anti-Islam group ACT for America and former Trump strategist, Sebastian Gorka, while this year speakers included the honorary chairperson of the Tea Party Patriots, as well as several people listed as "abortion survivors."

Addressing the summit, President Trump said: "Together we will stand up to the socialists and we will win massive victories for family, for faith, and for freedom—just like the victory we had in 2016." He also described the U.S. as "the most just and virtuous republic in the history of the earth."

"In America we know this—we don't worship government, we worship god... from the first moment of my presidency I have taken historic action to defend religious liberty," Trump continued.

"We are preserving our country's vital tradition of faith-based adoption," he added. "As you know just a few days ago a Democrat running for president proposed revoking the tax exempt status of many churches and religious groups. And you know why, and you know who it is—he's a wacko," said Trump in a jibe at Beto O'Rourke.

"I will never allow the federal government to be used to target, harass or punish communities of faith," he added.