(RNS) — in a bi-weekly email to Evangelical Christians PastorDavid Lane, a Texas-based political operative and leader of the American Revitalization Project, has accused former President Donald Trump of being out of touch, driven by personal grievances and self-importance. explained.
“Unfortunately, both the former president’s penchant for resolving political issues and his urge to keep himself in the spotlight have become banal and commonplace,” Lane’s email said. I’m here.
The email, titled “Why Did the Red Wave Die on the Vine?” It was sent to Project’s nearly 70,000 subscribers.
Mr. Laing’s emails show a growing willingness among evangelicals to criticize the former president.of playing cardsWhite evangelicals were his most ardent supporters throughout his 2016 White House candidacy and failed 2020 campaign, with about 80% of white evangelicals voting for him. . The ordained evangelical, in particular Trump showed an almost united front in favor of the
But in the weeks since Trump announced he would run for election again in 2024, something seems to have changed.
In an email, Lane praised Trump for his “blue-collar patriotism” and his “fight to place constitutional traditionalists in the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals.”
But Lane said, “His vision of making America great again has been pushed aside and his mission and message are now subordinated to personal grievances and self-importance.”
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Lane wasn’t the only one taking a step back.
Shortly after Trump announced he would run for office again, Robert JeffressA pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, one of his evangelical advisers during the 2016 campaign, and a long-time supporter, he’s a long-time supporter of the presidency unless or until he becomes the Republican nominee. He said he would not endorse the president.
Mike Evans, a Christian Zionist activist from Texas and another former member of the Gospel Advisory Board, even told The Washington Post that he would never vote for Trump again. I remembered leaving with tears.