One pastor in Virginia is supporting President Trump in his own unique way, by making a statement using the sign outside the Friendship Baptist Church in Appomattox to express his thoughts. The church is in the vicinity of the ground where Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant in 1865, signaling the end of the American Civil War. Not surprising that a war of words should spring up there, Pastor E.W. Lucas said, “It just came to me I just said America I love it. If you don’t love it leave it.”
The sign has created a flurry on social media, with hundreds of readers expressing their opinions. Lucas is planning to leave the sign there, at least for now. “Preachers by and large today are afraid they’re going to hurt somebody feelings. And when I get in the pulpit I’m afraid I won’t hurt somebody’s feeling” he said, according to WSET.
The pastor came out in support of President Trump after his tweets recently created a firestorm on social media. “People that feel hard about our president and feel down, more down the president, down the country and everything they ought to go in there and live in some of these other countries for a little while,” said Lucas.
Trump’s comments were directed at four congresswomen, known in the media as “the squad,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.).
“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run,” Trump tweeted.
“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.’”
The president was labeled as “racist” by “the squad” after his comments, although his tweets garnered plenty of support on the internet.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said, “These four people in the so-called squad that have done squat in Congress,” and even their own party began to criticize them, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said according to Conway,”They’re just four people, they only have four votes, a glass of water could have won their districts.”
Conway wanted to get a message out to the American people—the squad voted against the Democratic package for aid to illegal immigrants at the border.
“They’re only four Democrats to vote against any form of humanitarian aid at the border when that vote was taken two weeks ago,” said Conway. “They represent a dark underbelly in this country,” she added.
“The Dems were trying to distance themselves from the four ‘progressives,’ but now they are forced to embrace them,” the president wrote.
Fox News host Laura Ingraham called them “the four horsewomen of the apocalypse” in a segment last November.
“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,’” Trump tweeted.