President Trump’s re-election campaign announced that it will launch an Evangelicals for Trump movement in South Florida and the president will headline the event on Jan. 3.
“The event will bring together Evangelicals from across the nation who support President Trump’s re-election,” the Trump campaign stated, according to the Miami Herald.
The announcement came one day after the magazine Christianity Today backed articles of impeachment passed last week and called for President Trump to be removed from office in an editorial.
The publication has ignited an intense turmoil with two prominent evangelical leaders Rev. Franklin Graham— whose father, Billy Graham founded the the magazine in 1956—and Jerry Falwell slamming the magazine as “liberal wing of evangelicalism.”
President Trump also criticized Christianity Today on Friday, calling it “a far left magazine.”
“No President has done more for the Evangelical community, and it’s not even close,” he added.
….have a Radical Left nonbeliever, who wants to take your religion & your guns, than Donald Trump as your President. No President has done more for the Evangelical community, and it’s not even close. You’ll not get anything from those Dems on stage. I won’t be reading ET again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2019
Eighty-one percent of the evangelical Christians voted for President Trump in 2016, a group that makes up about 25% of the electorate, according to the Pew Research Center.
While president Donald Trump is the target of a Democratic-led impeachment on Capitol Hill, evangelical Christians support for the president has been unswayable and even stronger. In a new NPR/PBS/Marist poll, 67% of white evangelicals said they approve of the president’s job performance. Among Republicans, 91% said they approve.
“According to the new PRRI data, one year after Trump’s election, 59 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents said they would prefer for Trump to remain the party’s nominee in 2020. Two years after his election, 66 percent said the same thing. And this fall, 72 percent said they want their party to keep Trump. Within this group, white evangelicals were among the voters most likely to want Trump on the ballot, at 82 percent,” wrote The Atlantic.
Evangelicals perceived the unrelenting attacks on the president from the Democrats and their impeachment as an indictment of their values, reported the Bloomberg.
“I see it as harassment, quite frankly,” Gail Sonatore of Middletown, New Jersey, said of the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. “I don’t think he’s done anything. I understand his tone—nobody likes that tone. But when you’re dealing with Marxists, what are you supposed to do? Just take it?”
Another supporter, Ray Teutsch from Texas, said the impeachment inquiry has redoubled his support for the president and caused him to donate more money to keep him re-elected.
“Where I’m from, President Trump’s treasury is going up,” he said, calling the president’s support “rock solid” in his community.