Christian theologian dismantles evangelicals’ key argument for supporting Trump

30 August, 2018, 00:31 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • The President accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta touched down at Dulles International Airport at 4pm local time  PSCU

President Donald Trump on Monday night reportedly told evangelical Christian leaders there would be "violence" if Republicans lost their majority in Congress as a result of November's midterm elections.

"The level of hatred, the level of anger is unbelievable", he said. "The theme here is, 'I'm Donald Trump and I'll protect you from the scary black people,'" Toobin said on CNN on Tuesday.

"Because if they don't we're going to have a miserable two years and we're going to have, frankly, a very hard period of time because then it just gets to be one election - you're one election away from losing everything you've got".

He is said to have told attendees that the Democrats would "overturn everything that we've done" if they secure crucial votes in the autumn - and that they would do it "quickly and violently". "And violently. There is violence", Trump said, describing what would happen should his voters fail to cast ballots. Trump remarks seemingly ask the leaders to violate the Johnson Amendment which bans religious leaders, whose institutions are 501 (c)(3) non-profit organizations, from endorsing or opposing political candidates.

Mr Trump is heard urging the religious leaders to use the power of their pulpits to ensure "all of your people vote" in November, according to the New York Times which has obtained a copy of the recording.

It remains unclear if Mr Trump was referring to congressional Democrats as "violent people" or what connection the president was alleging between Congressional Democrats and young anti-fascist protesters known as antifa.

"I think for both this visit was important in the perspective of restoration of image", he said. Congressional efforts at overturning the laws have failed.

In stilted legalese, Trump's order says the IRS should not take action against churches that speak out on moral or political issues "where speech of similar character has, consistent with law, not ordinarily been treated as" campaign speech.

On 21 August Mr Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to violating finance laws during the 2016 presidential election by handling hush money for Mr Trump's alleged lovers.

'I had the great Robert Jeffress back there.

Trump "doesn't have the legal authority to overturn the Johnson Amendment", Magarian said.

Family Talk's Dr. James Dobson, evangelist Rev. Franklin Graham, and Southern Baptist pastor Dr. Robert Jeffress, an advisor to Trump, were among the recognizable names who attended.

He added: "Hopefully I've proven that to be a fact in terms of the second part".

"Little thing - Merry Christmas".



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