In the 2016 election, President Trump garnered 80 percent of the evangelical Christian votes, and their numbers were substantial, as almost a quarter of the 2016 electorate consisted of faith-based voters, according to exit polling.
Ralph Reed, the founder and chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition revealed to Laura Ingraham on Fox News he has plans to increase those numbers even more for Trump in the 2020 election.
“Trump got the largest share of this vote than anybody in the history of modern exit polling, even with that we estimate, there’s somewhere between 15 and 17 million of those voters who either aren’t registered to vote or they didn’t turn out,” said Reed on “The Ingraham Angle” ahead of Trump’s Orlando re-election rally in June.
“Our plan is to register—grow the pie—a million to 2 million of these faith-based voters and that’s a big deal because remember Trump won the presidency by a combined total of about 80,000 votes spread out over three states, so if you were to add 50-100,000 voters in these key states, it’s a game-changer,” he said.
“If the Left thinks that we’re going to concede the Hispanic community and the African American community to them, particularly in the pews, in 2020, they’re in for a big wake-up call,” Reed added. “We’re going to be doing a lot in those communities as well,” he said.
Many voters in 2016 backed other Republican presidential candidates throughout the primaries, right up until Election Day, but Trump has gained the respect of many conservatives since his inauguration with his pro-life and religious freedom agenda, and the support he has given to the state of Israel.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was recently asked if he thought God may have had a hand in Trump becoming elected president to protect Israel from Iran, and he replied, “As a Christian, I certainly believe that’s possible.”
When President Trump tweeted his controversial comments last week, suggest to the” Squad” and any other America “haters” if they didn’t love America, “then just leave,” it created a media firestorm. Pastor E. W. Lucas from Friendship Baptist Church sign in Appomattox, Virginia, expressed his feelings in support of the president with a church sign— “America: Love or Leave it” went viral on social media, with plenty of national support but also condemnation.
Some members of the congregation walked out of Sunday service in protest, saying they weren’t happy with the publicity their small church was receiving.
Lucas is holding his ground and has no intention of taking the sign down under pressure.
“I’ve tried to be honest,” Lucas said. “I’ve tried to do what’s right. But I believe in my country. I love my country. And I don’t mind standing up for the country.”
President Trump said in a tweet, “And all I’m saying—they want to leave, they can leave. Now, it doesn’t say, ‘Leave forever.’ It says, ‘Leave if you want.’”