On Monday night, Sept. 9, President Donald Trump said during his rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, that the Democratic Party isn’t keen on religion and their endeavors to appeal to evangelical voters are futile.
President Trump warned his supporters at a rally on Monday that Democrats “want to dismantle, demolish, and destroy everything that you’ve gained.”
The president said that Democrats are not religious and are attempting to take away religion.
“Whether it has to do with religion, our evangelicals … what we’ve done for them and for religion is so important. The other side, not big believers in religion, I can tell you,” the president said during his rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he was campaigning for the Republican candidate in a special election for the 9th Congressional District, according to CNN.
According to the Washington Examiner, Democrats have been shedding religious voters in recent election cycles, especially among evangelicals. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was able to secure a meager 16% of the evangelical vote in the 2016 presidential election down from 2012, when then-president Barack Obama earned 20%.
Pew data from 2014 indicates that 72% of Democrats say religion is important or somewhat important in their lives. Though in reality, candidates’ policies may not always be in line with their faith.
Earlier this year, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has rallied toward the religious left against President Trump.
“His policies don’t align with where we believe Scripture is and where we believe the faith is at and what’s in the best interest of our country,” said Bob Vander Plaats, president of conservative Iowa Christian organization The Family Leader.
“If the policies don’t line up, I think Iowans—and more than that Americans who are evangelical—are wise enough to see through that,” Vander Plaats said to the Washington Examiner.
Buttigieg, being openly homosexual, has also seen backlash for his sexuality and controversial views on abortion, with his brother-in-law particularly disagreeing with him.
The evangelical brother-in-law of Buttigieg, pastor Rhyan Glezman called on him to “repent” for using the Bible to justify late-term abortion. Glezman told the Washington Examiner that the “policies” and “beliefs” are “very anti-American,” “very anti-life” and “very anti-God.”
“He said some things that are critical of my Christian faith and about me personally. And he knows better. He knows me,” Vice President Mike Pence said after Buttigieg took aim at him during the LGBTQ Victory Fund’s annual brunch in April.
The president told the crowd,“To stop the far left, you must vote in tomorrow’s special election” and “send a clear message to the America-hating left”
The rally was also an opportunity for president Trump’s 2020 message that refers to Democrats as politicians who want “Open Borders, Sanctuary Cities, and Socialism” to reach suburban voters in North Carolina.