Secret Recording: Trump Tells Christian Pastors To Campaign For Republicans In Church
President Donald Trump told evangelical Christian leaders to campaign in their churches for Republicans in the midterm elections.
The New York Times reports that Trump was caught on a secretly recorded audiotape urging the conservative Christian leaders to use their churches to campaign for the GOP:
I just ask you to go out and make sure all of your people vote. Because if they don’t — it’s Nov. 6 — if they don’t vote 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.
During his speech, Trump falsely claimed that he had gotten “rid of” the Johnson Amendment, which bans non-profits, such as churches, from endorsing or opposing political candidates while enjoying their tax-exempt status, notes NBC News:
Now one of the things I’m most proud of is getting rid of the Johnson Amendment. That was a disaster for you…
Now you’re not silenced anymore. It’s gone and there’s no penalty anymore and if you like somebody or if you don’t like somebody you can go out and say, “This man is going to be great for evangelicals, or for Christianity or for another religion. This person is somebody that I like and I’m going to talk about it on Sunday.”
Trump also warned the evangelical leaders of scary violence if Republicans are not elected:
[Democrats] will overturn everything that we’ve done and they’ll do it quickly and violently, and violently. There’s violence. When you look at Antifa and you look at some of these groups — these are violent people.