Donald Trump has announced that he will be hosting a screening of the anti-child trafficking film Sound of Freedom on July 19 at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey. The event will be open to club members and supporters.
The former president is set to be joined by the film’s producer, Eduardo Verástegui, acting star, Jim Caviezel, as well as founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad, Tim Ballard.
BREAKING: President @realDonaldTrump will be hosting a screening of “Sound of Freedom” next week at his Bedminster Golf Club.
President Trump’s leadership resulted in a 14% increase in human trafficking convictions in 2017 over the prior year. In 2017, President Trump’s Director… pic.twitter.com/dNKdOO2acE
— Alex Bruesewitz 🇺🇸 (@alexbruesewitz) July 13, 2023
In a statement, Trump praised the film, highlighting its success at the box office.
During Sound of Freedom’s opening week, Trump met with Mel Gibson, who has been a major promoter of the film.
“One of the most disturbing problems in our world today is human trafficking and particularly the trafficking of children,” Gibson said.
Members of Trump’s golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, and other supporters will be invited to the screening at the club on Wednesday, the Trump campaign announced in a press release that highlighted the film’s mixed reviews in mainstream media outlets.
The announcement comes as numerous GOP presidential contenders — most notably Trump’s biggest challenger, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis — have zeroed in on children’s safety and connected it to other cultural wedge issues, such as gender fluidity, public education and LGBTQ matters, corralled under the broad category of “parents’ rights.”
DeSantis has put those issues front and center in his campaign, leaning into a fight with Disney that began after the company criticized Florida legislation that limited classroom discussion of sexual orientation. The governor has repeatedly accused Disney of promoting the “sexualization of children,” a claim that the company’s CEO Bob Iger slammed as “preposterous” in an interview Thursday with CNBC.
Thank you, President Trump, for supporting Sound of Freedom! pic.twitter.com/tDtA58K4mu
— Jack Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) July 5, 2023
President Trump on Tim Ballard and Sound of Freedom: He came to the White House when I was there, and I was very impressed with him.
They’re gonna actually give me a showing of the movie very soon… I hear fantastic things about it… it’s a big hit. pic.twitter.com/FZRuuEcqh9
— Freedom 🇺🇸🦅 (@PU28453638) July 13, 2023
GET WELL SOON, RON! pic.twitter.com/1j4jIOpCq5
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) July 13, 2023