Former President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, on November 5, 2022.
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Evangelical Christians who supported former President Donald Trump appear to be turning on him.
“He does not have the support of the evangelicals that he did,” said Christian commentator Mike Evans.
Robert Jeffress, who was on Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board, said he’s holding out on endorsing him.
Prominent evangelical Christian figures who previously supported former President Donald Trump have turned on him following his announcement that he’s running for president again in 2024, HuffPost reported, citing several interviews in various media outlets.
“At the present moment, our movement is divided,” said Mike Evans, who helped mobilize evangelical support for Trump in 2016, in an interview with The Jerusalem Post.
“The average evangelical Christian is a faith-based person. Donald Trump does not personify biblical values. So, although they very much admire his policies, they honestly don’t admire the person,” Evans continued, per The Jerusalem Post. “He does not have the support of the evangelicals that he did.”
In an essay sent to The Washington Post, Evans accused Trump of using evangelical support to propel him to the presidency. “Donald Trump can’t save America. He can’t even save himself. He used us to win the White House. We had to close our mouths and eyes when he said things that horrified us,” Evans wrote. “I cannot do that anymore.”
A woman prays during the ‘Evangelicals for Trump’ campaign event held at the King Jesus International Ministry in Miami, Florida, on January 3, 2020.
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Robert Jeffress, a televangelist, endorsed Trump in 2016 and appeared at rallies for him. At the time, he said Christians who didn’t vote for Trump to become the Republican nominee were “fools.” Jeffress was later named a member of Trump’s Evangelical Advisory Board and the White House Faith Initiative.
Speaking to Newsweek, Jeffress said he’s holding off on endorsing Trump until it becomes clear who the Republican nominee is in 2024. “The Republican Party is headed toward a civil war that I have no desire or need to be part of,” he said.
However, Jeffress added that he would “happily” support Trump if he became the GOP nominee.
But on the day of Trump’s announcement, Jeffress tweeted a link to former Vice President Mike Pence’s book. He described Pence, who is seen as a rival to Trump in 2024, as a “great friend, …read more
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