So much for the separation between church and state.
Courtesy of NYT:
In remarks to evangelical ministers in the White House State Dining Room on Monday night, President Trump spoke in high-minded tones about religious liberty, abortion and youth unemployment. He noted a John Adams quote carved into the room’s fireplace: “I pray heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house.”
But once reporters and television cameras were ushered out of the room, Mr. Trump turned to the more pragmatic concerns of how evangelical leaders can use their pulpits to help Republicans win in the midterm elections, according to an audiotape of his remarks provided to The New York Times by someone who attended the event.
“I just ask you to go out and make sure all of your people vote,” Mr. Trump told the group of about 100 evangelical ministers. “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.”
Trump went on to claim that since he had gotten rid of the Johnson Amendment that church leaders were now free to stump for GOP candidate right from the pulpit without fear of reprisals from the IRS.
(In reality, Trump did not really get rid of the Johnson Amendment, but did pass a bill keeping the IRS from enforcing it.)
Trump went on to issue this warning:
Mr. Trump warned that if Republicans do not retain control of Congress, religious communities would lose all of the gains he had secured on their behalf.
“They will end everything immediately,” he said, apparently referring to Democrats. He added, again without being clear whom he was talking about: “They 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.”
Hard to imagine why politically victorious liberals would turn to violence, which is typically not their thing in the first place, but then again when have facts ever interfered with Trump’s declarations?
Personally, I would suggest that if there is ANY violence to occur after a blue wave of Democratic victories that it would be perpetrated by those gun-toting Trump supporters on the Right.
In fact, there are some who think that the reason Trump is talking about violence in the first place is to make it seem reasonable for conservatives to engage in violent behavior as a preventative tactic to stop violence from the Left, even if there is no evidence of violence coming from the Left.