Trump is a ray of sunshine for evangelicals at National Prayer Breakfast
THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS EVANGELICALS VOTED FOR TRUMP AND EMBRACE THE NEW SCOTUS NOMINEE. . .
Pres. Trump thanked the American people for praying for him this morning at the National Prayer Breakfast. Later in the day at the White House press briefing Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the president noted as he has traveled around the country, "The five words he has heard more than any others is 'I am praying for you.'"
When asked if he thought the venue was appropriate for Trump to bash the "Apprentice" ratings drop since Arnold Schwarzenneger took his place, Spicer said it was a light hearted moment with the show's creator Mark Burnett who was at the breakfast. POTUS jokingly said we should pray for Swartzenegger and the ratings "disaster."
More relevant to the occasion were Trump's remarks on religious liberties, which will bring relief to Evangelical right-wingers who overwhelmingly voted to put him in office.
"I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution." Trump led in to this statement with a quote from one of the nation's forefathers, Thomas Jefferson, who beleived in the freedom to fully practice ones faith.
Some say protection of religious liberties is code for being non-PC and discriminating against those with different viewpoints and values. The Johnson Amendment (instituted by Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson prohibited religious non-profits and charities from endorsing a candidate from the pulpit or they could lose their tax exempt status.Those who want more lenience say it is a matter of free speech. Many Christian pastors felt they could not condemn homosexuality without being in jeopardy of being penalized.
White House Director of Communication Omarosa Manigault also attended the briefing. (Photos: Mona Austin)