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Trump-esque Populism Sweeps Europe With All Eyes On Firebrand Italian Official

A revolt against globalism is brewing across the Atlantic.

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Matteo Salvini, Italy’s Populist Interior Minister, is expected to be the face of a newly emerging pro-sovereignty/populist supergroup in Europe.

Omni reports that Member of the European Parliament and member of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) Harald Vilimnsky said that three major populist groups in the European Parliament would be rolling out an agreement to increase cooperation among them.

The three groups that are slated to be included in this agreement are the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF), Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFDD), and the eurosceptic European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR).

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Historically, there has been some cross-over within the ENF — which Salvini, Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders, and the FPÖ are members of — and the EFDD. However, there have been few formal connections between the two groups.

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Vilimsky’s comments caught the eurosceptic ECR by surprise claiming that this announcement was “news to us.”

Peter Lundgren, an MEP for the populist Sweden Democrats (SD),  has expressed reluctance in joining a populist supergroup in the European Parliament. Lundgren commented in March, “It will not be possible to form a large EU-critical group.”

Over the past few months, Salivni has met with other populist leaders throughout Europe in order forge cooperation between European populist groups.

In August 2018,  Salvini got together with Hungarian Minister Viktor Orbán, who declared Salvini “my hero” for his efforts to reduce mass migration, which BLP has reported on in the past.

Then in October, Breitbart reported that Salvini met with French populist Marine Le Pen and vowed to form a “freedom front” for the upcoming EU elections in May.

To top it off, the Italian minister met with members of the incumbent Law and Justice party (PiS) in Poland where he emphasized the importance of forging alliances with nationalist parties saying,  “I would like there to be a common alliance of those who want to save Europe.”

Salvini has recently become a force in European politics as his policies begin to take root in Italy.

Seeing the dangerous effects of no-go zones and what they’ve done to countries like Germany, Salvini has the led the charge in the putting the clamps on mass migration. Additionally, Italy is becoming a leader in gun rights policy by passing its latest legitimate defense law a few days ago.

Now, populist parties like Vox in Spain are even considering gun rights reforms of their own.

As time goes by, Matteo Salvini appears to be the de facto leader of European populism.

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President Trump: Best Pro-Life President Ever?

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Karen Cross, the Political Director for National Right to Life, praised President Donald Trump for his pro-life efforts during his administration.

At Life News, she wrote “President Donald J. Trump and his Administration have established more pro-life policies than any other president in history.

Ever.”

The National Right to Life Committee endorsed president Trump’s re-election bid on July 4, 2019.

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That day, Carol Tobias, the president of National Right to Life, said:

“As our nation celebrates Independence Day, we are proud to endorse the only presidential candidate who stands for the unalienable right to life. From his first day in office, President Trump and his Administration have been dedicated to advancing policies that protect the fundamental right to life for the unborn, the elderly, and the medically dependent and disabled.”

One of the Trump administration’s first actions as president was to restore the Mexico City Policy, which bars tax funds from going to organizations that carry out abortions or lobby to bring pro-abortion laws to host countries. Trump followed up by expanding this policy to keep $9 billion in foreign aid from being used to bankroll the global abortion industry.

The Trump Administration also slashed funding to the United Nations Population Fund due to that agency’s involvement with China’s forced abortion program.

President Trump originally pledged “to veto any legislation that weakens current pro-life federal policies and laws, or that encourages the destruction of innocent human life at any state.”

According to Cross, President Trump vowed to sign the following pro-life legislative items:

  • The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act;
  • The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act; and
  • The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.

The National Right to Life Political Director emphasized the importance of the 2020 elections. She stated that this election “will determine who appoints justices to the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous federal judges to lower courts.”

Having Republican control of the Senate will allow Trump to continue to nominate conservative judges.

So far, Trump has nominated 192 federal judges, which include U.S. Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, who were ultimately confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Having Nancy Pelosi out of the picture as House Speaker will allow for pro-life legislation to actually move out of the House.

All in all, pro-lifers’ best bet for any type of policy change will be for Republicans to gain control of all three branches of government.

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