The Lincoln Project, co-founded by George Conway, released a video this weekend calling out Pro-Trump religious leaders.
Conway, an attorney and husband to Trump counselor and spokesperson Kellyanne Conway, helped to start the new super PAC in an effort to raise up “enough disaffected conservatives, Republicans, and Republican-leaning independents in swing states and districts to help ensure a victory in the Electoral College, and congressional majorities that don’t enable or abet Mr. Trump’s violations of the Constitution.”
According to ABC News, the Lincoln Project ad hopes to target even a small number of Republican voters to shift the tide away from Trump. “A marginal decline in Republican support, as little as 3-5% will create a tectonic electoral shift away from Republicans,” said Mike Madrid, a veteran Republican political consultant and board member for The Lincoln Project. “That’s not just possible—it’s probable.”
The controversial video shows a montage of Christian speakers vocalizing their support for Trump using the Bible and God. Overlapping those clips are others of Trump using foul language, refusing to ask for forgiveness, and calling himself “The Chosen One.”
The video opens with Trump’s recent speech to evangelicals, stating that “Christians of every denomination and believers of other faith have never had a greater champion, not even close, than you have in the White House now.” As Trump speaks, Matthew 7:15 flashes on the screen, which states, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
Trump is also asked in an interview if he’s ever asked for forgiveness from God and he responded in what looks like a separate interview, “Why do I have to repent? Why do I have to ask for forgiveness?”
The video also seems to suggest that Trump uses finances and religion to lure in his voters. “If you don’t support me, you’re going to be so G*d d**n poor,” he said in one stump speech. Another clip later in the video also shows Paula White, one of Trump’s strongest supporters, spurring her listeners to “send in $35,000” to her or “you will never see sustainment in your life and your dream will die.”
“To say no to President Trump would be saying no to God,” she also said.
Also highlighted is a recent controversial clip from televangelist Jim Bakker who said that Trump is a “test [for] whether you’re even saved.”
Towards the end, the video flashes, “If this is the best American Christians can do, then God help us all.”
Click here to watch the video, but warning it contains crude language.
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Mikaela Mathews is a freelance writer and editor based in Dallas, TX. She was the editor of a local magazine and a contributing writer for the Galveston Daily News and Spirit Magazine. She blogs at mikaelamathews.com.