Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – “What an irony that young people, alive young people, are the future – that is the future. You see all those million children, teenagers, and some of them in grammar school, you see them happy and smiling and beautiful and excited to be there, thrilled to be a part of something, part of what we call the good, the true, and the beautiful. That’s the future. That’s future members of Congress or the statehouse, future governors. Even better, that’s future moms, future moms and future dads.” Check out today’s transcript for the rest….
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Mike: Mallory Quigley is on – now, Malory, you are with the Susan B. Anthony List?
Mallory Quigley: That’s right. Hi. How are you?
Mike: I am peachy.
Quigley: Fired up this morning.
Mike: I am fired up. Hey, I saw one of your compadres on Fox News this morning. I used to call her my stepdaughter. She’s president of Students for Life, Melissa . . .
Quigley: Melissa Ohden?
Mike: Students for Life. I know what she’s president of. She’s president of Students for Life. I saw her on Fox and Friends this morning. I went: Hey, I’ve interviewed her before. I don’t think I’ve ever spoken to you, though, have I?
Quigley: I could have sworn we have. I think so, but I know you’ve talked to Marjorie many times.
Mike: Now, just a little background here, Mallory’s dad is Dan. I’ve had conversation on Twitter with your mother.
Quigley: My parents – every time that something like this happens, I get the very excited phone call at work. [unintelligible] all in the state of enthusiasm for your radio show and for the pro-life movement. We’re just really excited to be in touch with you.
Mike: Mallory’s mother reached out to me and said: I don’t want you to think I’m a stalker or anything, but my daughter is Mallory and I love your show. Of course, your dad, your dad writes me from time to time. I know he’s been a listener forever. I was actually invited to the Quigley household for dinner over the Christmas holidays. I didn’t make it, but I’m going to tell you something, Ms. Quigley. I have two events. There’s a real possibility that I will be in northern Virginia February 11th or so. We’ll see if that one comes through. I know that I will be there for the Let My People Smoke thing in Philadelphia, but I’ll start in Virginia the second week in May. I’m going to hope to cash that in as a rain check.
Quigley: Very good. We look forward to it.
Mike: Mallory is with the Susan B. Anthony List. Mallory came to the State of Louisiana back in 2014 and assisted the election campaign effort of who is now our senator. I have a brain spasm here.
Quigley: Bill Cassidy.
Mike: Bill Cassidy. I just saw him on CSPAN this morning. He’s now Senator Cassidy. Mallory, I know when I talked to you or when I talked to Marjorie, you girls and guys had knocked on 120,000 doors?
Quigley: In the State of Louisiana, in 2014, but this year, in the last election we knocked on more than 1.1 million doors in battleground states.
Mike: In Louisiana, in that election, it was some unbelievable number. It was 70,000 and your goal was 110,000 or something to that effect. Folks, don’t underestimate this. Mary Landrieu, Mrs. Snellings had sailed to two previous victories easily against pretty heady Republican competition. She never should have had – Louisiana is like Oklahoma and other Southern states. We like to fancy ourselves the most pro-life state in the union. Had the Susan B. Anthony List been around in 2006 or 2002, Landrieu wouldn’t have been elected the first time. She’d have been beaten the first time when Woody Jenkins ran against her. Don’t underestimate the Susan B. Anthony List and the pro-life movement that they represent, which is active. When I say active, I mean actually going out and knocking on doors and talking to people about the horrors of abortion.
Today is the biggest day on the pro-life calendar every year. Mallory, there’s something special about this year. There’s actual hope that this may be the last year that the national legal protections for abortion evaporate. What do you think?
Quigley: I think that’s absolutely right. We are at such an historic moment for the pro-life movement. We have a pro-life president, a pro-life vice president, credible pro-life backers in the White House, and a pro-life Congress. We’re positioned – we’re stronger than we’ve ever been to really make sure that the commitment that Donald Trump made to the pro-life movement during the campaign are fulfilled. We’re going to work on that together.
Mike: What’s fascinating about that is – my movie review gal, Debbie Schlussel, was just on the line with me. We started our movie reviews this week, and she says: Mike, are you shocked by what this man is actually doing, that he’s actually keeping campaign promises. Now, Mallory, I know you read the letter. You may have even helped Marjorie draft it. I know I read the letter. I know that Marjorie told me that when she gave Donald Trump the letter back in September of 2016 that he sent it back to her with some notes on it that said: This isn’t strong enough.
Quigley: Right. I’m not surprised. He is doing what he said he would do. I think the [unintelligible] policy, stopping taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortion nationally, that is one of the first fruits of this administration. Already Congress is working on redirecting Planned Parenthood funding to community health centers. That’s something that the president has said if it gets to his desk he’s going to sign, along with the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and the Pain-Capable Bill. He has so far been a man of his word. We are going to work with him to make sure that it stays that way through the next four years. All signs are just really positive. We’re so encouraged as a movement, as an organization. I think that all the listeners, everyone who’s pro-life and who’s been fighting in this fight for 44 years has a renewed hope. It’s a beautiful, sunny day here in our nation’s capital. We just hopped out of the cab and we’re walking over to where the march is happening. It’s a really exciting time. We’ve got to stay involved. All of those commitments that Donald Trump made during the campaign are going to require the constant commitment of activists to call their legislators and stay involved. It didn’t end on election day. It didn’t end on inauguration day. It’s not ending today, on the day of the March for Life. We’ve got to keep working on it.
Mike: I have complete confidence in all of you at the Susan B. Anthony List. I asked Marjorie: What cabinet position do you have an eye on? She went: Oh, please! No way. I don’t want to be within 100 miles of that place. Hands off.
Quigley: We are definitely in that radius with our office.
Mike: Let’s talk just for a moment, and I won’t keep you long. I just wanted to get a quick update here. In previous years we have seen – I know this because my adorable little niece Michaela, who is, I guess, 15 now or 16, has been with – the Catholic school that she goes to, the last two years the Archdiocese of Lake Charles has put 15, 16 buses together. They drive up there and they go. They did it – Maggie O’Connell, are they there this year?
Quigley: Yes, there are so many buses. There are so many young people. I was just looking at this beautiful crowd of students right now. It’s really so much youthfulness to this event.
Mike: That was going to be my question. You’ve been to the last I don’t know however many, Mallory. Are the numbers – let me rephrase it. Is the pro-life movement now principally a young person’s movement?
Quigley: I think absolutely because it’s growing, and because the other side is not. Our generation, my generation, millennials, we have absolutely grown up with ultrasounds just being a fact of life, knowing from the moment that we see up on that screen that there’s a unique human being there with a beating heart that just needs time and nourishment to grow. It can only be young people that carry this on. They’re going to grow up and make more pro-life children. The generation is going to keep getting bigger as we go along. It’s definitely driven by youth.
Mike: That has to be – what an irony. What an irony that young people, alive young people, are the future – that is the future. You see all those million children, teenagers, and some of them in grammar school, you see them happy and smiling and beautiful and excited to be there, thrilled to be a part of something, part of what we call the good, the true, and the beautiful. That’s the future. That’s future members of Congress or the statehouse, future governors. Even better, that’s future moms, future moms and future dads. You’ve got to be – I’m just talking about it and I’m excited about it.
Quigley: That’s right. It’s inspiring and hopeful. I think that is the major difference between the March for Life and what happened last Saturday. This is a movement that is built on hope and truth and not anger. Certainly there’s frustration with Roe v. Wade and 44 years of abortion on demand, but this is – we have the truth on our side, fundamental truth.
Mike: You sure do.
Quigley: There is a hope that fuels us. The passion to defend life and not just unborn children but their mothers from the horrors of abortion – there’s just so much love that’s fueling our movement. It’s a dramatic contrast to what I saw in DC last Saturday when it was filled with anger and spite and a lot of confusion.
Mike: Did you go there to bear witness or you stayed away and saw it on television?
Quigley: I went to bear witness, absolutely. I personally wasn’t marching.
Mike: Yes or no question. Are you ready?
Mike: Did you see ugliness?
Mike: Thank you.
Quigley: I did.
Mike: All right. I’m finished. One final thing before you go. I want you to get with your friends and go march and enjoy life and be beautiful and sweet and lovely as you are with all the rest of them. Vice President Pence is actually going to march in the procession at some point today. He’s actually going to, I guess, speak at some point in time. What can you tell me about that?
Quigley: Being pro-life and being a voice to the unborn is such a core part of who Mike Pence is. We are just so proud of him as a movement that our own champion, long-time champion of the fight is now the vice president. He is going to speak. It’s the very first time that a sitting vice president will have addressed the March for Life. The closest was in 1987 when President Reagan stood on the Truman balcony of the White House and waved to the marchers. To actually have the vice president among us is really exciting. It’s a sign of outward strength of the pro-life movement, what we worked to achieve in the last election, and all the things we have to look forward in front of us, what we’re going to accomplish legislatively and administratively.
Mike: You know what else it is a sign of? Again, that commitment that we – I was told – I can’t tell you how many people say: You’re the biggest sucker ever. What a naïve boob you are, Church. You don’t really believe that Trump meant any of the pro-life stuff, do you? Uh, yeah, I do. Now I have proof that not only was I correct in placing some faith in the man and not being a cynical scallywag, not only that, the vice president of the United States, the guy who would be next in line Heaven forefend anything should happen to President Trump, is actually going to be in that number today. That tells me that when I asked Marjorie – I said: Marjorie, tell me, do you believe he’ll actually keep his word? She goes: Yes, I firmly believe it. Not only can we believe it, Mallory, we can bank on it. He’s already done it. The Mexico City Policy is huge.
Quigley: Yep. I know that Marjorie will look forward to talking to you about this on Monday. She’ll give an update about what we saw here on the ground today and more about the conversation she had with Vice President Pence last night, because she was actually at the White House last night.
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Mike: She’s never gonna talk to me again. That’s it. You tell Ms. Dannenfelser that I expect a call on Monday.
Quigley: It’s already scheduled.
Mike: That’s fantastic. Blessings to the Quigley family and to all you beautiful young children, the young people and old people that are at the march today. Godspeed to you, Mallory. Thank you for the call. I look forward to seeing you in either February or March.
Quigley: Sounds good. Thanks, Mike.
Mike: You’re very welcome. All right, everybody, that is Mallory Quigley from the Susan B. Anthony List live from the streets of Mordor on the Potomac River.
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