After Meeting With 400 Top Evangelical Christian Leaders, Trump Says He Has ‘Such Tremendous Respect and Admiration’ for His New Group
Donald Trump has just released the names of the people who will head his new Evangelical Executive Advisory Board, and among them are several dozen mostly well-known individuals, including Michele Bachmann, Ralph Reed,Â James Dobson, andÂ Robert Jeffress. The GOP presumptive nomineeÂ been behind closed doors with about 400 of America’s top evangelical Christian leaders, including the heads of several anti-gay hate groups, and some of the most activelyÂ anti-LGBT faith leaders in the nation, since about 8:30 AM today in Manhattan.
The group has no public duties but is expected to be used to convince evangelicals to vote for Trump. A press release states they willÂ “convene on a regular basis.”
Former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who grew her political career on the backs of first Minnesota’s and then the nation’s LGBT citizens, is one the list. So isÂ James Dobson, who foundedÂ Focus On The Family and later, theÂ Family Research Council. Also on the list isÂ Jerry Falwell, Jr., son of the anti-gay televangelist who now heads his father’s Liberty University.Â Ronnie Floyd, the head of the Southern Baptist Convention, Bishop Harry Jackson, who worked for several years withÂ NOM, the National Organization For Marriage. Fire and brimstone megachurch anti-gay pastor and Fox News contributorÂ Robert Jeffress, who has called the Mormon faith a cult and is publicly opposed to both Catholicism and Islam, almost as much as he is opposed to LGBT people.Â
Others on the list include ethically disgraced former head of the Southern Baptist Convention’sÂ Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Richard Land.Â
Ralph Reed, who made his name working for Jerry Falwell until he too ran into ethical troubles. He is now the head and founder Â of theÂ Faith and Freedom Coalition, where Trump two weeks ago promised he would protect traditional marriage three days before he promised the LGBT community he is the most pro-gay candidate running for president.
In a statement, Trump said,Â â€œI have such tremendous respect and admiration for this group and I look forward to continuing to talk about the issues important to Evangelicals, and all Americans, and the common sense solutions I will implement when I am President,” as Politico reported.
Some have called into question the ethics of stumping for Trump, given their prior statements:
â€” Jack Jenkins (@jackmjenkins) June 21, 2016
â€” Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) June 21, 2016
Speaking of “crooked” some of Trump’s evangelical board are beyond shady… https://t.co/9GqaNfBWcJ
â€” Jackie Kucinich (@JFKucinich) June 21, 2016
James Dobson, now on Trump’s evangelical board, said in Feb ad: “we could not support” Trump after he accepted SCOTUS gay marriage ruling
â€” Rebecca Berg (@rebeccagberg) June 21, 2016
Inbox – On Trump’s evangelical advisory board: Richard Land, who called Trump a “scam” before endorsing him as the “lesser evil” in the race
â€” Rebecca Sinderbrand (@sinderbrand) June 21, 2016
The full list (below) includes only three women, as NPR’s Matt Katz reported.
23 of the 26 members of Trump’s new Evangelical Executive Advisory Board are men. The 3 women include Michele Bachmann.
â€” Matt Katz (@mattkatz00) June 21, 2016
Â· Michele Bachmann -Â Former CongresswomanÂ
Â· A.R. Bernard -Â Senior Pastor and CEO, Christian Cultural Center
Â· Mark Burns -Â Pastor, Harvest Praise and Worship Center
Â· Tim Clinton –Â President, American Association of Christian Counselors
Â· Kenneth and Gloria Copeland -Â Founders, Kenneth Copeland Ministries
Â· James Dobson -Â Author, Psychologist and Host, My Family Talk
Â· Jerry Falwell, Jr. -Â President, Liberty University
Â· Ronnie Floyd -Â Senior Pastor, Cross Church
Â· Jentezen Franklin -Â Senior Pastor, Free Chapel
Â· Jack Graham -Â Senior Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church
Â· Harry Jackson -Â Senior Pastor, Hope Christian Church
Â· Robert Jeffress -Â Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Dallas
Â· David Jeremiah -Â Senior Pastor, Shadow Mountain Community Church
Â· Richard Land â€“Â President, Southern Evangelical Seminary
Â· James MacDonald â€“Â Founder and Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel
Â· Johnnie Moore -Â Author, President of The KAIROS Company
Â· Robert Morris -Â Senior Pastor, Gateway Church
Â· Tom Mullins â€“Â Senior Pastor, Christ FellowshipÂ
Â· Ralph Reed –Â Founder,Â Faith and Freedom Coalition
Â· James RobisonÂ – Founder, Life OUTREACH International
Â· Tony Suarez -Â Executive ViceÂ President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Â· Jay Strack -Â President, Student Leadership University
Â· Paula White -Â Senior Pastor, New Destiny Christian Center
Â· Tom Winters -Â Attorney, Winters and King, Inc.
Â· Sealy Yates â€“Â Attorney, Yates and Yates
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Trump Campaign Blames Democrats for Ex-Campaign Manager Parscale’s Reported Self-Harm Threat
The Trump campaign is blaming “Democrats and disgruntled RINOs” for the reported self-harm threat of its former campaign manager Brad Parscale.
“The disgusting, personal attacks from Democrats and disgruntled RINOs have gone too far, and they should be ashamed of themselves for what they’ve done to this man and his family,” said Trump campaign’s communications director Tim Murtaugh.
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) September 28, 2020
Parscale, according to multiple reports, barricaded himself in the Florida home he and his wife live in. She called police saying he had access to multiple weapons and was threatening self harm.
A SWAT team was able to intervene and take him to a hospital.
Notice the difference in statements from the Trump campaign and the Biden campaign:
— Rumpole of the Bayou (@RumpoleBayou) September 28, 2020
Ex-Trump Campaign Manager Brad Parscale Hospitalized After SWAT Team Finds Him Armed and Threatening Self-Harm: Reports
Parscale’s wife called police to say that he “had guns and was threatening to harm himself, Fort Lauderdale police said Sunday night.”
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis told the paper he received a text “saying that there was a SWAT team standoff at Parscale’s home.”
“It was indicated to me that he had weapons,” Trantalis said.
“Politics aside, this fellow obviously suffers from emotional distress,” said Trantalis also said. ” … I’m glad he didn’t do any harm to himself or others I commend our SWAT team for being able to negotiate a peaceful ending to this.”
Local10.com offers additional details, including that he “had access to multiple firearms” and had barricaded himself inside the home.
“Fort Lauderdale Police responded to a home in reference to an armed male attempting suicide Sunday afternoon. When officers arrived on the scene, they made contact with the wife of the man who told them her husband was armed, had access to multiple firearms inside the house and was threatening to harm himself. She had placed the 911 call, according to police.”
The story is being confirmed by ABC News and other outlets.
.@ABC News has confirmed President Trump’s former 2020 campaign manager, and current campaign senior advisor, Brad Parscale, was taken into custody this evening by Fort Lauderale Police after allegedly threatening to harm himself at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
— John Santucci (@Santucci) September 28, 2020
After losing his job as Trump’s campaign manager in July Parscale had posted this tweet:
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) July 16, 2020
NYT Bombshell: Trump Paid Just $750 in Federal Income Taxes in 2016 – and Nothing in 10 Out of the Previous 15 Years
Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in 2016, the same year he told his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, during a presidential debate not paying taxes “makes me smart.”
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) September 27, 2016
The New York Times reported the bombshell news Sunday evening, adding that in 2017 Trump against paid just $750.
“He had paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years — largely because he reported losing much more money than he made,” the Times adds, noting it has obtained the president’s tax returns for the past two decades.
Today, Trump’s “finances are under stress, beset by losses and hundreds of millions of dollars in debt coming due that he has personally guaranteed. Also hanging over him is a decade-long audit battle with the Internal Revenue Service over the legitimacy of a $72.9 million tax refund that he claimed, and received, after declaring huge losses. An adverse ruling could cost him more than $100 million.”
The Times suggests Trump appears to be a con man.
“The tax returns that Mr. Trump has long fought to keep private tell a story fundamentally different from the one he has sold to the American public. His reports to the I.R.S. portray a businessman who takes in hundreds of millions of dollars a year yet racks up chronic losses that he aggressively employs to avoid paying taxes. Now, with his financial challenges mounting, the records show that he depends more and more on making money from businesses that put him in potential and often direct conflict of interest with his job as president.”
Read the entire report at The New York Times.
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