• At a Saturday rally, Trump said a "Republican Congress will end the woke war on women and children."
  • Trump added that teaching "far left gender theories" is "truly child abuse."
  • He referenced record-breaking swimmer Lia Thomas in comments about trans athletes, saying "it's very unfair to women."

Former President Donald Trump said a Republican-led Congress "will end the woke war on women and children" in a series of comments he made about transgender people during a rally in Selma, North Carolina, on Saturday.

"A Republican Congress must stand up for parental rights and parental choice. I think that's a good idea. No teacher should ever be allowed to teach far left gender theories to our children without parental consent," Trump said. "It's truly child abuse. Plain and simple."

He continued: "Last week, the Biden administration sent Congress a budget crammed with billions and billions of dollars of transgenderism and so-called equity provisions that are nothing more than government sponsored racism. The Republican Congress will end the woke war on women and children, we will stop illegal government discrimination, we will restore the sacred American principle of equality under the law."

Biden last week announced a $5.8 trillion budget proposal that includes $10 million to go towards improving transgender visibility in Census Bureau surveys.

Trump said if the GOP won majorities in Congress they would also "demand justice for the January 6 prisoners," overhaul the mail-in voting system, and "proudly uphold the Judeo Christian values and principles of our nation's founding" before turning back to transgender athletes. 

"We will not by the way, have men participating in women's sports," Trump said, saying that allowing trans athletes like the record-breaking University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas to compete would ruin women's sports.

Trump also used the rally to express support for Rep. Ted Budd, who is currently running for the North Carolina Senate seat being vacated by Richard Burr.

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