President Trump kicked off the election year by launching the “Evangelicals for Trump” coalition during a rally last week at one of the country’s largest Hispanic megachurches.
According to The Christian Post, the coalition is meant to help the president rally evangelical support for re-election.
The rally started with religious leaders such as Paula White, James Dobson, Cissie Graham Lynch, Jack Graham and Alveda King, praying over the President.
“Mr. President, although you live in a very elegant White House, you are our neighbor,” Lynch said. “We will love you through this and we will help you for 2020 so you can keep fighting for us because you are our neighbor and we love you.”
The President then took the mic to celebrate evangelical victories over the past four years and to warn the country of its future should a Democrat win the office.
"I'm thrilled to be here in Miami, Florida to officially launch one of the most important grassroots movements in American history, it's a first -- Evangelicals for Trump," the President said from the stage of El Ray Jesus Church in Miami.
“In 2016, evangelical Christians went out and they worked so hard and they produced numbers like they have never produced before. Based on what Paula [White] and Cissie [Graham Lynch] told me and everybody told me, we are going to blow those numbers away in 2020,” the president continued later in his speech."
“Evangelicals and Christians of every denomination and believers of every faith have never had a greater champion…in the White House than you have right now,” Trump said. “I am not saying that in any other way other than just look at the record. Together, we are not only defending our constitutional rights, but we are also defending religion itself, which is under siege.”
Should “one of our radical left friends” become president, Trump shared that he believes “everything we have done will be gone in short order. It will be taken away pretty quickly. It’s a powerful position.”
“There are those who say these sacred beliefs are outdated. But we know they are just the opposite,” he continued. “Our traditions and values are timeless and immortal. [The political left] don’t know what they are missing. Our faith is needed now more than ever.”
He emphasized the role that faith and family have on the health of the country, as well.
“Yet as we speak, every Democrat candidate running for president is trying to punish religious believers and silence our churches and our pastors,” he said. “Our opponents want to shut our God from the public square so they can impose their extreme anti-religious and socialist agenda on America.”
In attendance at the launch was Samuel Rodriguez, leader of the Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. Trump had earned only 28% of the Hispanic vote in 2016, but Rodriguez believes he will earn much more four years later.
“It is not only logical but arguably politically brilliant that the president will kick off 2020 with the launch of his re-election’s evangelical outreach at a Latino megachurch in the state of Florida,” he said. “Latino evangelicals represent a constituency that is pro-life, supportive of religious liberty and focused on biblical justice. The unprecedented hard left turn by the Democratic Party, abandoning the Obama strategy of 2008, will prompt more Latino evangelicals to support President Trump in 2020.”
The coalition was announced only a day after Christianity Today published a scathing opinion piece against both the President and his evangelical supporters in light of his impeachment.
“The impeachment hearings have illuminated the president’s moral deficiencies for all to see…To the many evangelicals who continue to support Mr. Trump in spite of his blackened moral record, we might say this: Remember who you are and whom you serve. Consider how your justification of Mr. Trump influences your witness to your Lord and Savior.”
The article prompted a letter from nearly 200 evangelical leaders defending their beliefs.
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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.