Trump: Election day is ‘one of the biggest dates in the history of religion’

In a Friday phone call to several hundred pastors organized by the Family Research Council to address the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump reminded them of all the things he’s done for them and went on to say Election Day (November 3), is “one of the biggest dates in the history of religion.”

Right Wing Watch reports the phone call was originally to be headed by Vice President Mike Pence and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, but as soon as Trump found out about the call, he wanted to be added. Trump thanked the pastors for the steps churches are taking to address the coronavirus pandemic, and said they were “inspirational.”

Then he urged them to pray for the health and strength of the U.S. and for voters “to make the right choice on November 3.”

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“I want to thank you all for praying for our country and for those who are sick,” Trump said. “You do such an incredible job. You’re very inspirational people. And I’m with you all the way. You know that. You’ve seen what we’ve done for right-to-life and all of the things that we’ve been working so hard together. I’ve been working with many of the people on the call. Many, many of the people. We’ve had tremendous support, but we are going to get over this.”

Then he called on Perkins and others to focus on the “very, very big election coming up.”

Towards the end of the phone call, Perkins asked Trump what he would like evangelicals to pray about.

“Well, I think the health of our country, the strength of our country,” Trump told him. “We were doing something amazing and then one day, it just ended. So that would be it, and the fact that we make the right choice on November 3 is very important. Tony, you understand that better than most.”

Perkins responded that the Bible instructs believers to pray for people in power and added he is doing this with “great eagerness and joy, given the leadership you’ve given us and the focus that they’ve had on the issues that I believe are the most essential to the health and welfare of a nation.”

Megan Hamilton

Megan Hamilton has traveled extensively throughout the Southern United States, Mexico, and parts of Central America. A lifelong atheist, these travels have informed her political views. She currently lives in a remote location with a large herd of cats and four dogs.