Evangelicals, Having Backed Trump, Find White House ‘Front Door Is Open’

By Noah Weiland

When the White House wants to gather evangelicals for one of its many issue-specific “listening sessions,” the Rev. Johnnie Moore is often one of the first to hear.

It wasn’t always clear that Mr. Moore, a 34-year-old Southern Baptist minister who was a co-chairman of the Trump campaign’s evangelical advisory board, would be a frequent White House guest. Some critics, and even some evangelicals, wondered whether conservative Christians’ sometimes uneasy alliance with the Trump campaign was a marriage of convenience that would be abandoned after Inauguration Day. But one year in, conservative religious leaders are hailing the president’s actions in office.

“This White House, the front door is open to evangelicals,” said Mr. Moore, who estimates that he has visited at least 20 times since Mr. Trump took office, averaging nearly once every other week. “It hasn’t been evangelicals reaching into the White House. It’s been the White House reaching out to evangelicals. Not a day goes by when there aren’t a dozen evangelical leaders in the White House for something.”

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  1. I think the jury’s still out on whether Trump’s belated religious zeal is one more sign of his advancing senility, or an entirely cynical self-centred ploy to secure a particular political lobby with far-reaching influence.

  2. LaurieB

    Given that the Dotard was reportedly “led to Christ” by thrice-married busty blonde televangelist Paula White, there might be additional reasons for his faith being ‘pumped up’ (apologies for the disturbing image!).

  3. I’m with pure cynicism.

    I am as convinced as ever in his psychopathy. He can adopt personas at the drop of a hat so long as his ego remains unharmed.

  4. I read that Trump is not lying as this would imply that he knows or cares about the truth. Instead he doesn’t care about truth one way or another on any subject … But cares only about his simple projected narrative. Maybe he feels a kindred connection with evangelical leaders in this regard and is getting on-going pointers.

  5. King #5

    I read that Trump is not lying as this would imply that he
    knows or cares about the truth.

    Donald Trump :

    “The final key to the way I promote is bravado. I play to people’s fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That’s why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration — and a very effective form of promotion.” (‘The Art of the Deal’).

    Notorious German Dictator :

    “in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. “

    Without drawing the analogy too far, we can conclude that certain disordered personalities may adopt similar manipulative behaviours.

  6. King #5
    Feb 9, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    I read that Trump is not lying as this would imply that he knows or cares about the truth.
    Instead he doesn’t care about truth one way or another on any subject … But cares only about his simple projected narrative.

    I see the White House is flip-flop-flapping, with various changing stories about the latest resignation of a Trump appointee!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42983387

    One of US President Donald Trump’s top aides has resigned amid abuse claims from his two ex-wives.

    White House staff secretary Rob Porter said “these outrageous allegations are simply false” as he announced he would step down.

    His first spouse, Ms Holderness, said the White House aide had been verbally and physically abusive.

    Ms Holderness, a US government analyst, said Mr Porter had kicked her on their 2003 honeymoon in the Canary Islands.

    She also alleged he punched her in the face while they were on holiday a couple of years later in Florence, Italy.

    Ms Holderness supplied a photo of herself with a black eye to the media.

    She said she filed a protective order against him in June 2010 after he allegedly punched the glass of the door at their Alexandria, Virginia, home.

    [Porter] – “I have been transparent and truthful about these vile claims, but I will not further engage publicly with a co-ordinated smear campaign.”

    The Daily Mail reported that Mr Porter did not receive security clearance for his White House job after the FBI interviewed his ex-wives during background checks.

    Mr Porter attended Harvard with the President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.

    Before Mr Porter resigned, Mr Kelly told the Daily Mail the staff secretary was “a man of true integrity and honour”.

    According to the reports, Mr Porter has recently been romantically linked with White House communications director Hope Hicks.

    Squeaky-clean aide

    Analysis by Tara McKelvey, BBC White House reporter

    Rob Porter was a squeaky-clean aide who made sure that papers landing on the president’s desk were in order.

    The White House staff secretary also helped the president follow protocol.

    At one event in the East Room, for example, Mr Porter stood in the back of the room and gestured to the president, showing him where he was supposed to go in order to sign documents.

    ^ = ^ = ^ = ^

    Perhaps the replacement aide may also be able to show the president how to read and understand documents! 🙂

  7. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42992904

    Rob Porter, 40, quit on Wednesday as he denied two ex-wives’ claims of physical and emotional abuse.

    “We all could have done better over the last few hours, or last few days, in dealing with this situation,” said deputy press secretary Raj Shah.

    He told reporters Mr Porter, who was gatekeeper to the president, had been given an interim security clearance.

    The White House staff secretary had yet to receive full security clearance because his background check was ongoing, said Mr Shah during Thursday’s daily press briefing.

    The president’s chief of staff, John Kelly, is facing questions about when he knew of the allegations against Mr Porter.

    The claims surfaced during FBI background check interviews with Mr Porter’s ex-wives.

    Mr Shah said the chief of staff only “became fully aware about these allegations” on Wednesday when photographs of an ex-wife with a black eye emerged.

    Mr Kelly issued a statement late on Wednesday saying he was “shocked by the new allegations” against Mr Porter, referring to the black eye.

    So after expressing support for Porter and repeating assertions of his “innocence” – they got caught out by the evidence being made public!

    “There is no place for domestic violence in our society,” he said.

    Mr Kelly had previously defended Mr Porter as “a man of true integrity and honour”.

    US media report that Mr Kelly and other White House officials were aware for several months of the domestic abuse accusations because they were holding up Mr Porter’s security clearance application.

    Mr Shah said President Donald Trump “was surprised by it.

    Porter was obviously accepted as a “good-guy” Trump-family-buddy on “faith”! How could that possibly produce flawed decisions? 🙂

  8. Here is another resignation just today.
    From the Washington Post today: “A White House speechwriter resigned Friday after his former wife claimed that he was violent and emotionally abusive during their turbulent two-and-a-half-year marriage — allegations that he vehemently denied, saying she was the one who victimized him.

    The abrupt departure of David Sorensen, a speechwriter who worked closely with senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, came as The Washington Post was preparing a story about abuse claims by his ex-wife, Jessica Corbett. Corbett told The Post that she reported his behavior to the FBI last fall as the bureau was conducting a background check of Sorensen”

  9. Sean

    The fundamentalists everywhere are operating outside of reason and have an aggressive agenda that they intend to impose on others whether they want it or not. When governments allow them to have access and influence then they just barge in and take over. We can see that in different administrations in the US and lately in the countries affected by the Arab Spring. When those dictators fell the fundamentalists made a play to take over those countries. They are all organized and sit and wait for any opportunity to surge forth.

    Trump must really owe these evangelicals big time based on the amount of access he and his staff give to the deluded aggressive Christian fundamentalists here. I hope the wall that separates religion and state is strengthened in the future and not weakened as it has been now and in the past. American moderates take this wall for granted and need to fight harder to defend it.

  10. LaurieB #13

    “The fundamentalists everywhere are operating outside of reason and
    have an aggressive agenda that they intend to impose on others whether
    they want it or not”

    You’re right, and it has been some time in the planning :

    “I want to be invisible. I do guerrilla warfare. I paint my face and travel at night. You don’t know it’s over until you’re in a body bag. You don’t know until election night.” [Ralph Reed, Christian Coalition Exec. Director]

    “They call them extremists. We have our own names. We call them senators, congressmen, governors, mayors, state legislators” [Ralph Reed, Christian Coalition Executive Director]

  11. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43020821

    President Donald Trump says lives are being “destroyed by mere allegation” after two White House aides quit amid accusations of domestic abuse.

    “There is no recovery for someone falsely accused,” Mr Trump tweeted.

    This week saw the departure of White House speechwriter David Sorensen and staff secretary Rob Porter.

    The White House has been criticised for its handling of the allegations and Mr Trump’s comments quickly drew scorn.

    His remarks also come amid a worldwide debate over sexual harassment and the abuse of power.

    It sounds like Trump is still in denial over the dubious characters of his “great Republican” appointees ! – rather like his denial of those scientists’ “mere hoax allegations” of global warming, and various bishops’ denials of government investigated clerical sex-abuse in the churches!

    Mr Trump, who paid tribute to Mr Porter on Friday during a press conference in which he told people to “remember that he said that he’s innocent”, has himself been accused of sexual misconduct, something he has strongly denied.

    The president has also supported others who have faced abuse allegations, including Alabama Republican Roy Moore, who ran unsuccessfully for the US Senate.

    Posturing liars of the White House united in denial?

    (How dare those plebs make allegations about wealthy elite rogues from the classes who network at Trump golf resorts!)

  12. Alan4discussion #16

    Mr Trump, who paid tribute to Mr Porter on Friday during a press
    conference in which he told people to “remember that he said that he’s
    innocent”

    ….. And when he met his good friend Vladimir Putin and asked if there was any Russian manipulation of US public opinion during the election campaign, he said HE was innocent too.

    So truthful, the most truthful you have ever met.

  13. I think the Russians who backed Trump, are also finding the door is open to all the destructive forces THEY wanted to let into the US administration! – While determined and contemptuous efforts are being made for the investigators who are trying determine the extent of the conspiracies, to be kept out!

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/feb/06/trump-russia-steve-bannon-refuses-to-testify-before-house-committee-source

    Trump-Russia: Steve Bannon refuses to testify before House committee

    Former White House senior strategist will defy subpoena, citing lack of agreement on scope of questioning, says individual familiar with matter

    The former White House senior strategist Steve Bannon will not testify before the intelligence committee of the US House of Representatives on Tuesday, according to sources – defying a subpoena requiring him to appear.

    The panel wants Bannon to testify as part of its investigation of allegations that Russia sought to influence the 2016 presidential election in the United States, following up on his 16 January appearance that failed to satisfy some members of the committee.

    Representative Mike Conaway, a senior Republican committee member, told reporters on Monday that he expected Bannon to comply with a subpoena and answer questions on Tuesday.

    But a source close to Bannon confirmed to the Guardian that he would not appear. The source cited a lack of agreement on the scope of questioning between the intelligence committee and the White House, while noting Bannon’s intention to eventually meet with House investigators.

    In the meantime, the source said, Bannon would be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller.

    Two sources familiar with the situation also told Reuters he would not appear, which could leave Bannon facing a charge of contempt of Congress.

    Bannon could not immediately be reached for comment.

    One of the Reuters sources said the White House had not authorized Bannon to answer committee questions.
    During his 16 January appearance, Bannon refused to answer questions about his time in President Donald Trump’s administration or the post-election presidential transition, committee members said.

    The intelligence committee and the White House have not resolved the question of whether executive privilege would apply in Bannon’s case.

    Should Bannon refuse a subpoena from the House committee, he could be held in contempt of Congress, a federal misdemeanor.
    The full House would have to vote on that charge, however, and then it would fall to the Justice Department to prosecute – if it were inclined to pursue the case.

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