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As the 2020 Presidential election nears, some Republican and Democrat Christians form a political action committee (PAC) asserting they are “better off” without President Trump. They are using high-priced television and digital ads to convey their non-support of the President.
The Associated Press was granted a sneak preview of the ads. One of the commercial ads highlights the pomp and circumstance display of Trump’s self-aggrandizement as he parted a peaceful protest of the killing of George Floyd.
When Trump disrupted the protest, tear gas was used and the U.S. military escorted him through the crowd. Trump’s destination was the front of the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, located across the street from the White House, to pose brandishing the bible.
Gen. Mark Milley, America’s top general, issued an apology afterward for partaking in the lambasted photo op that he said gave the appearance of the US military partaking in domestic politics.
Some media erroneously likened Trump’s photo op to Hitler, who he is often compared to based upon Hitler’s authoritarian rule. Apparently, an altered photo circulated on social media of Hitler holding a bible while addressing a crowd of supporters. Some celebrities later apologized for perpetuating the unknowingly false photo of the German dictator.
Michael Wear, a PAC advisory council member, maintained the Christian faith would be “better off” without Trump. Wear is the former CEO of the faith-based Catholic Relief Services. Currently, Wear is the founder of a successful firm that helps organizations gain a better understanding of the everchanging politics and religion in America.
Despite Trump’s divisive antics, statistics show 72 percent of white evangelicals, who heavily supported Trump in the 2016 presidential election, consistently agree with Trump’s job performance. Therefore, Wear’s goal is to reach far beyond the white evangelicals that support the President and appeal to a more varied party of Christians.
At a rally in Ohio in August 2020, Trump made meritless claims to his supporters that former Vice President Joe Biden is against God. Biden responded that Trump’s comments were “shameful.”
With less than two weeks from the election on Nov. 3, it remains to be seen if the bipartisan Christian group’s ads are enough to convince other Christians they are better off without Trump as President of the United States of America.
Written by Sheree Bynum
KULR8: Bipartisan Christian group forms super PAC to oppose President Trump; Elana Schor
The Jerusalem Post: Viral image shared by celebrities comparing Trump to Hitler was faked; Donna Rachel Edmunds
AP News: Playing electoral defense, Trump claims Biden opposes God; JONATHAN LEMIRE
The Conversation: Trump’s photo op with church and Bible was offensive, but not new
CNN: Top general apologizes for appearing in photo-op with Trump after forceful removal of protesters; Ryan Browne, Barbara Starr and Zachary Cohen
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