July 19, 2024

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Trump claims Christianity under threat in US in pitch to evangelical voters

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Donald Trump warned that Christianity in America would be left “in tatters” if Joe Biden were re-elected for a second term as he called on Saturday for evangelicals to vote for him in record numbers.

Speaking at a conference of influential evangelical leaders in Washington, the Republican former president accused the “radical left” of “silencing” Christians, endorsed the display of the Ten Commandments in public schools and at one point said he had “wounds” all over his body from political persecution.

“If I took this shirt off, you would see a beautiful, beautiful person. But you would see wounds all over, all over me,” Trump said. “I have taken a lot of wounds, I can tell you. More than I suspect any president ever.”

Trump was cheered by the crowd of more than a thousand self-described evangelical Christians at the annual “Road to Majority” conference organised by the influential Faith and Freedom Coalition.

Ralph Reed, the group’s founder and chair, introduced Trump as a “dear friend” and a “tireless, indefatigable champion of faith and freedom and this great country”.

Reed alluded to critics’ initial scepticism of Trump’s commitment to evangelical voters, saying: “They told us we couldn’t trust him. They told us he wouldn’t keep his word. But as president of the United States, he kept every single promise he made to us.”

Trump took to the stage in Washington to a recording of his campaign anthem, Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA”. Many in the crowd wore red “Make America Great Again” caps and waved small American flags, while others held up their hands as if to pray.

When he first ran for president in 2016, Trump, a brash former casino owner who has been married three times and once famously struggled to name his favourite Bible verse, was not the first choice for many evangelical voters. But he earned plaudits for his commitment to appointing conservative judges, including the three…

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