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Megachurch pastor lashes out at ‘evangelical elites’ for not supporting Trump

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Pastor Robert Jeffress, a member of President Donald Trump’s “evangelical executive advisory board,” took aim at fellow fundamentalists who refuse to get behind the president.

“This is hypocritical of the evangelicals who say their personal piety won’t allow them to support President Trump,” Jeffress said on the American Family Radio show. “I mean, my gosh – how self-righteous is that? When did personal piety ever become a test of who you were going to vote for president?”

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He argued that many Republicans had no problem backing “twice-married, former Democrat, and abortion-supporting Ronald Reagan when he ran against monogamous, Baptist Sunday School teacher Jimmy Carter in 1980” — and that most “everyday conservative Christians” still support Trump.

Trump did not create the “divide” among evangelicals, Jeffress explained, but he did “expose” it.

“What you’re seeing is the divide between these ‘evangelical elites’ who continue to resist President Trump’s policies and the vast majority of evangelicals in the pews who swept him into office and continue to support him,” he said.

“What it comes down to is the ‘evangelical elite’ really don’t embrace these values,” Jeffress continued. “They are more concerned about fixing the problem with DREAMers than they are about protecting the life of the unborn. Or when it comes to Israel, they are much more concerned about the plight of the ‘poor Palestinians’ than they are of protecting the Jews’ right to inhabit that land God gave them.”

Most of those “elites,” he concluded, would be likely to admit privately that “they really do believe those Colorado bakers ought to be forced to bake that wedding cake for a gay wedding.”

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No way Pence didn’t know what Trump was up to in Ukraine after aide’s revelations: CNN panel

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A CNN panel discussion on testimony given by a top aide to Vice President Mike Pence said her revelations about what she knew about President Donald Trump's Ukraine dealings can only mean Pence knew and is lying.

Speaking with New Day hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, contributor Kaitlan Collins stated Jennifer Williams' description of Trump's Ukraine phone call was expected to set Trump off, which it did when the president raged at her on Sunday as a "Never Trumper."

"We kind of saw this coming, that they anticipated the president could be frustrated by her testimony," Collins explained. "Because in the weeks before, when she was going to testify behind closed doors, we saw them distancing themselves from her. Yes, she works in our office, but she's the State Department employee detailed to our office."

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Trump blames Mike Pompeo for devastating testimony in impeachment inquiry: ‘Rein your people in!’

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President Donald Trump unloaded recently on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, whom he blames for devastating testimony against him the House impeachment inquiry.

The president confronted Pompeo, who has been his closest ally, during an Oct. 29 lunch at the White House, according to four current former senior administration officials who spoke to NBC News.

"(Trump) just felt like, ‘rein your people in,’” said one senior administration official.

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Trump is going through a mental health crisis that makes his judgment even more impulsive and ‘catastrophic’: psychologist

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The first week of public impeachment hearings against Donald Trump in the House of Representatives has concluded. Despite the obsessive efforts of Trump’s Republican Party minions, his personal spokespeople and the right-wing disinformation media, the facts are clear: Multiple witnesses independently report that Donald Trump abused the power of the presidency for personal gain in an effort to bribe and extort the president of Ukraine into aiding his re-election campaign.

This article first appeared in Salon.As documented by Robert Mueller's report, the Ukraine scandal is part of a long pattern by Donald Trump and his supplicants to seek out foreign assistance to subvert American democracy, with the goal of first installing Trump in power and then keeping him there.

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