Group targets Trump's evangelical base – to no avail, says Jeffress
Monday, January 13, 2020
Jody Brown, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)
One of President Trump's evangelical advisors predicts that an anti-Trump ad intended to discourage evangelicals from supporting the president will fail.
A group of "never-Trump" Republicans has released a video they say is aimed at evangelical supporters of President Donald Trump in hopes of convincing them to abandon him. The ad is a compilation of faith leaders extoling the president, cut in with examples of President Trump cursing, set to the tune of a gospel choir.
One of the voices in the ad is that of Dr. Robert Jeffress, an evangelical advisor to the president:
Jeffress: "If President Trump is not reelected, there is going to be a backlash against people of faith like we cannot imagine."
Jeffress, a regular commentator on the Fox News Channel and senior pastor of First Baptist-Dallas, tells OneNewsNow that the ad is so offensive to Trump supporters it has no hope of changing any of their minds.
"This video that mocks Trump and mocks religious leaders like myself who support Trump [is] produced by a group of never-Trumpers who are losers in every sense of the word," he states. "[This is an attempt] to shame Trump's evangelical supporters, inferring that they are hypocrites for supporting President Trump – and it's just not going to work."
Invoking 'Honest Abe'
The ad is produced by a group calling themselves The Lincoln Project, founded by George Conway, husband of presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway. The group was formally announced in mid-December in an op-ed in The New York Times. The Lincoln Project's objective, according to its website, is to defeat President Trump and "Trumpism" at the ballot box in November.
"[The president and] those who sign into Trumpism are a clear and present danger to the Constitution and our Republic," says the website. "Only defeating so polarizing a character as Trump will allow the country to heal its political and psychological wounds and allow for a new, better path forward for all Americans."
Jeffress contends anti-Trumpers like those in The Lincoln Project are still hurt over not being able to defeat Trump in 2016. "Their influence could not stop Donald Trump from winning. They're bitter about that," he argues, "and they're bitter that their continued protestations continue to have no effect."
While claiming to be "broadly conservative (or classically liberal)" in its politics and outlooks, The Lincoln Project envisions an Electoral College defeat for the president and congressional majorities in Congress that don't enable the president's policies – "even if that means Democratic control of the Senate and an expanded Democratic majority in the House."
Jeffress' final assessment? "George Conway and his group are either too dumb to get it or they're too dishonest to explain it – and I think it's more dishonesty than it is ignorance."
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