Lamenting the current state of faith and religion in America as “not good,” former President Donald Trump launched a new National Faith Advisory Council last Thursday, with spiritual advisor and televangelist Paula White at the helm .
“A lot has happened and a lot has happened with regard to faith and religion and these are not good things. They are not good, they are not good at all, “Trump said during a call with religious leaders in which he complained about how the 2020 election was stolen from him, according to one. clip published online. “It really is a very sad event what happened on November 3rd, and what they did.”
“Everyone who participated in this call has made a vital contribution to our movement over the past five years. And we had a huge success, and then we had a terrible result in an election that was won. We won this election and now figures are released that shock people and it’s a shame, ”Trump insisted.
Ahead of last Thursday’s call, the faith group co-founded by Jenny Korn and Amanda Robbins Vargo, who worked in Trump’s White House Public Liaison Office, emailed church groups accusing the Biden administration of pursue an “anti-faith agenda” on Jewish Daily Forward reported.
“We accomplished so much together in the White House under the Trump administration. We see all of our hard work being unraveled by the new administration and its anti-faith agenda, ”the email said. “We will protect our religious freedoms here and abroad, in order to pray and live according to our faith. “
According to the Forward, the new advisory board is expected to “hold regular conference calls and events with prominent leaders in the coming months.”
Information service on religion reported this White, who called African angels to help achieve Trump’s victory in his re-election bid last November after overseeing the White House’s Office of Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships, noted that the new National Faith Advisory Council would include “70 executives.” She also highlighted the “unprecedented victories, influence and access” to faith-based groups that resulted from Trump’s Faith Advisory Board during his tenure.
Trump added that fighting for religious freedom was one of his “greatest honors.”
“One of my greatest honors has been to fight for religious freedom and to defend the Judeo-Christian values and principles of the founding of our nation,” he said Thursday.
Still, the former president said he was surprised at his presence among Catholic and Jewish voters, arguing that both groups had gained great support from his administration.
“I’m a little surprised that we didn’t do better with the Catholic vote,” Trump said. “I think now they would give us a vote. I think we got about 50 percent of the vote. And yet, we have done a lot for the Catholic vote. So we’ll have to talk to them. We’re going to have to meet the Catholics.
Highlighting his poor performance among Jewish voters, the former president argued that the faith community needs to be more united.
“Look what I did with the embassy in Jerusalem and what I did with so many other things… Israel has never had a best friend, and yet I got 25% of the vote”, Trump said. “I think they have to get together. There needs to be a little more unity with the religious groups all represented on this call.
Asked about his own faith in God, the former president said, “Everything is based on God, it is so important. God is so important to the success of what we do. Because without God we have nothing.