The first video by The Lincoln Project, a brand new Republican group taking intention at President Donald Trump, mocks Trump supporters for worshipping in “The MAGA Church.”
The debut video juxtaposes Trump and his evangelical supporters with precise Bible quotes. “Evangelicals, Christians of every denomination, and believers of every faith have never had a greater champion-not even close-in the White House, than you have right now,” Trump stated in a clip that begins the video. As Trump’s speech performs, a quote from the King James Bible’s Matthew 7:15 is proven. “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
It additionally depicts evangelical and spiritual leaders praising Trump and providing his assist, whereas additionally exhibiting a few of Trump’s least holy moments towards gospel music in the background. “I have never seen a more biblical president than I have seen in Donald Trump,” former Michigan Congresswoman Michelle Bachman stated in a clip is proven after a clip of Trump questioning why he would ever must repent or make an apology.
The Lincoln Project boasts distinguished Republicans founders reminiscent of George Conway, a Republican lawyer and husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway; Jennifer Horn, former New Hampshire Republican Party chairwoman; and Steve Schmidt, a strategist for George W. Bush, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and John McCain. It was introduced in December. The group’s web site states that its mission is to “Defeat President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box.” While the group states that they nonetheless have coverage variations with Democrats, the mission assertion signifies that the group values constitutional values. “[T]he priority for all patriotic Americans must be a shared fidelity to the Constitution and a commitment to defeat those candidates who have abandoned their constitutional oaths, regardless of party,” the mission assertion reads. “Electing Democrats who support the Constitution over Republicans who do not is a worthy effort.”
In a information launch, Horn provided context for the video. “It is clear that in exchange for power and money these ‘pastors’ have been tasked with recasting Trump’s absurdities and moral failures as nothing short of prophetic divinity,” Horn wrote. “President Trump’s corruption and dishonesty destroys every person and institution he touches. But with faith leaders like these, who spin vices as virtues, the President believes he is exempt from the wages of sin as long as he delivers power to those Evangelical leaders who so clearly crave it.”
The Lincoln Project additionally mocks Faith and Opportunity Initiative particular adviser Paula White in the vidoe. “You’re gonna write your checks to Paula White ministry,” she stated in one scene. “If you do not write that P.O. box, and you do not call that toll-free number, you will never see sustainment in your life and your dream will die,” she stated in one other. White, an evangelical televangelist, usually asks for cash in alternate for non secular steerage.
In November 2019, White provided followers a “prophetic instruction for a SUDDEN DEFEAT OVER YOUR ENEMIES,” for a $229 payment. In January 2018, the pastor requested followers to ship her a “first fruits offering,” i.e. cash, “to honor God.” For those that gave $75 or extra, White provided a guide and a 2018 calendar.
At the video’s conclusion, The Lincoln Project poses a query to its viewers:”If this is the best American Christians can do?” they requested earlier than exhibiting a clip of Trump declaring himself “the chosen one.” The group then solutions its personal query: “Then God help us all.”
Neither the White House nor the Trump Campaign responded to Newsweek’s requests for remark. The Lincoln Project additionally didn’t reply to request for remark.