Ralph Reed: 2018 Is ‘Make-Or-Break’ Year For Freedom

Ralph Reed, founder and chairman, Faith and Freedom Coalition (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The latest email from Religious Right political operative Ralph Reed gave little indication that Republicans control the White House and Congress and most state legislatures, or that President Trump and the GOP Senate are packing federal courts with extreme right-wing ideologues, or that Religious Right activists are now setting policy from powerful positions in the executive branch:

2018 is an absolutely make-or-break year for the future of our republic…

The far-left is gaining steam and gaining momentum… and if you and I let them continue to steamroll their way to November without a fight, we risk losing the big victories conservatives like you and me have fought for over the last two years.

And worse, you and I risk losing our bedrock constitutional freedoms–like free speech, freedom of religion, and the right to bear arms–forever.

Reed’s email was making a pitch for supporters to attend his Faith & Freedom Coalition’s upcoming Road to Majority conference which will be held June 7-9:

The Road to Majority Policy Conference will gather together top thinkers and top activists, and hammer out the finishing touches on our plan to win big this November… but we can’t have an impact on the 2018 [sic] unless you’re there!

At last year’s conference, Reed bragged that his group that knocked on 1.2 million doors, made 10 million phone calls, and distributed tens of millions of voter guides and mailers in order to help Trump rack up his huge margin of victory among white evangelicals. As we noted last year, the group’s efforts did not go unnoticed:

Republican leaders’ gratitude was evidenced by their extraordinary participation at Road to Majority. President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and House Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows all spoke at some point during the three-day event, along with other right-wing luminaries like Sen. Ted Cruz and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. So much for perennial predictions of the Religious Right’s political demise.