Speaking to a crowd of evangelical supporters in Miami on Friday, President Trump promoted himself as a champion of religious communities while attacking his Democratic opponents as “radical” leftists pursuing an “extreme, anti-religious and socialist” agenda.
“Evangelicals, Christians of every denomination and believers of every faith, have never had a greater champion in the White House – not even close – than you have right now,” Trump said at a campaign event launching his “Evangelicals for Trump” coalition Friday evening.
“Together, we’re not only are we defending our Constitutional rights, we’re also defending religion itself, which is under siege,” Trump said. “Every Democrat candidate running for president is trying to punish religious believers and silence our churches and our pastors.”
In his address Friday at King Jesus Ministry in Florida, Trump touted his support among evangelicals during 2016, predicting he would “blow those numbers away in 2020.”
He urged supporters to “get out and vote” in November, a comment that ushered in chants of “four more years” from the crowd.
“I do really believe we have God on our side,” Trump said of his first presidential campaign. “Or there would have been no way we could have won.”
“These people hate Israel — they hate Jewish people,” Trump told the crowd. “I won’t name them. I won’t bring up the name of Omar, Tlaib, AOC — I won’t bring that name up. Won’t bring it up.”
TRUMP: "These people hate Israel — they hate Jewish people. I won't name them. I won't bring up the name of Omar, Tlaib, AOC — I won't bring that name up. Won't bring it up." pic.twitter.com/jCrySCb1Ag
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Trump also mentioned the October raid that led to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and boasted about the drone strike in Baghdad late Thursday that killed Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force.
“He was planning a very major attack and we got him,” Trump told the crowd.
Trump attacked Democratic presidential candidates, jabbed at the media, touted efforts to build a wall at the southern border with Mexico and claimed House Democrats were “crazy” for impeaching him over a “perfect” phone call with Ukraine’s president.
“This is a terrible hoax perpetrated in our country,” Trump said of impeachment, which is likely to be put to a trial in the Senate sometime later this month.