HUNTSVILLE — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall addressed a large crowd Saturday morning at the Huntsville Republican Men's Club. He started by speaking of a mentor of his who started the club, Elbert Peters, who recently passed away.

Marshall addressed many issues but started with how surprised he was to be fighting back against the federal government on the issues he's having to today.

He said, "When I walked into this office, it's been seven years; it's hard for me to believe it’s been that long since I've been gone from Marshall County. I would have told you about when there would be a pushback against a Democratic administration. I really thought it might be around energy policy, maybe some other areas that they would have issues. Never would I have thought we would be fighting between who's a boy and a girl. I mean, really, would we have ever thought that was controversial or somehow or another undecided?"

He discussed how the federal government's overreach has become so much that they are holding hostage underprivileged children's school lunch money. He said the Biden administration "is so designed to advance radical ideology that they're going to take those children that need school nutrition hostage to be able to try to change the definition of gender of being male or female to be one that you identify with. To be able to tell the states, you're going to have to change your definition to match ours."

According to Marshall, when the federal government sends education money to the states, "It wants to be able to say, if you take this money, we're going to evaluate your state law, so that to the extent, you wisely in Alabama who says boys you compete against boys and girls compete against girls. And if you accept this money, you have to invalidate that law. Y'all, we're going to fight that again and again. That's something that we're going to win, but I never would have expected that is something that you would be asking me to do."

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Marshall went on to discuss gender-affirming care.

"The most important fight to me Is for our kids," he outlined. "You've heard, maybe seen, a little bit in the news about gender-affirming care, which is just nonsense. I acknowledge gender dysphoria is something real, but we don't need to experiment with altering medication on kids. We clearly don't need them doing surgeries, and we need to be able to follow the science, and we heard that a lot during COVID. Remember?"

The Attorney General discussed the science and how, years ago, Europe had already tried to do what Biden and the left are trying to do now.

"This doesn't deal with the issue of suicides," he declared. "In fact, it makes it worse for those that are involved. This isn't something that's helping kids deal with this, and what we have acknowledged studies in Europe is that they pulled back and said this isn't working."

"We are going to protect the kids in our state," Marshall added. "If we can't stand up for our kids, what are we worth?"

When discussing former President Donald Trump, Marshall touted some of the victories they've had recently and what he, as the AG, is doing to help him fight what he feels are political prosecutions designed to drain resources from his campaign and make it harder to win the presidency.

"It was a bad week for the prosecution team against Trump," he said.

When discussing Fani Willis and her case, he said, "Read the order; take a moment to read the order out of the judge in Georgia."

"It highlights really the nature of how far the left will go in trying to change the election," he continued. "A good thing we led the Brief against what the Secretary of State of Colorado was trying to do. To be able to disqualify President Trump from the ballot. Recall this was using the 14th amendment as the basis to be able to remove him for this allegation of insurrection from which he’s never been found guilty of in any court or demonstrated actually that was true, but yet an election official in Colorado was going to be able to decide whether voters could vote for him or not."

He praised the U.S. Supreme Court's 9-0 decision that stopped local elected officials from removing Trump from the ballot and took a shot at the opposing side, saying, "I think our nation needed that, and when you can't even get [SCOTUS Justice] Sotomayor to accept your legal argument you know you're struggling, and she didn’t."

He said, "What they [SCOTUS] did recognize clearly is you can't have a hodgepodge of elected officials across the country deciding who gets to be on the ballot and who doesn’t. Those singular officials don't get to choose the President of the United States; in fact, it's the voters in this country who have that opportunity to do that."

He concluded by mentioning the filings and pre-filings that his office is working on for the "ultimate case," as he called it, which is where Jack Smith, the special prosecutor, indicted Trump on the government records case in the D.C. Circuit. Marshall seemed to feel optimistic about that case and how the SCOTUS may rule before it.

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