It was wonderful to host Evangelical leaders at the @WhiteHouse tonight. https://t.co/8R4jC6VVJr— Melania Trump (@Melania Trump)1535423881.0
President Donald Trump, along with the First Lady and First Daughter, Monday evening paid tribute to about 100 of the nation's most prominent Evangelicals – many of whom also happen to be some of the nation's top anti-LGBT activists. Also present were Vice President and Mrs. Pence, Kellyanne Conway, and Sarah Sanders.
Honored to join @POTUS & @FLOTUS tonight at the @WhiteHouse to celebrate strong and inspiring evangelical leadershi… https://t.co/AabvqrRRAS— Vice President Mike Pence (@Vice President Mike Pence)1535425505.0
Pictures from White House evangelical dinner tonight. @CBNNews @POTUS @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/fXeZ4YK09j— David Brody (@David Brody)1535413106.0
While the White House did not publish a list of attendees, in his speech the president specifically thanked anti-gay hate group leader Tony Perkins along with anti-LGBT activists Franklin Graham, Paula White, Alveda King, Jerry Falwell, Darrell Scott, megachurch pastor and Fox News pundit Robert Jeffress, Faith & Freedom Coalition's Ralph Reed, and Focus On The Family founder James Dobson.
Also in attendance, as documented in news reports and in photos posted to social media, were Eric Metaxas, Greg Laurie, and Gary Bauer. Bauer served before Perkins as the president of the Family Research Council.
Metaxas posted several photos to Twitter:
Dinner with some friends. https://t.co/BEbDGhvCJq— Eric Metaxas (@Eric Metaxas)1535410634.0
I’m just a fly on the wall here. But the food is amazing! https://t.co/PLE6pNTs7n— Eric Metaxas (@Eric Metaxas)1535413515.0
Member of Trump's Evangelical leadership advisory board Johnnie Moore also posted photos, including one showing Ivanka Trump and another showing Jared Kushner at the dinner:
A beautiful, memborable evening @WhiteHouse celebrating the contribution of evangelicals to American life. https://t.co/OcxUlFjaVF— Rev. Johnnie Moore ن (@Rev. Johnnie Moore ن)1535461052.0
Religion reporter and pundit David Brody of Pat Robertson's CBN notes the President and First Lady were presented with a Bible signed by over 100 Evangelicals, thanking them for "the price you have paid to walk in the high calling."
At tonight’s White House evangelical dinner, Paula White presents a Bible to @POTUS and @FLOTUS , signed by over 10… https://t.co/iv6GwXopRG— David Brody (@David Brody)1535425398.0
And Michele Bachmann was part of the evening's festivities:
.@robertjeffress with @IvankaTrump and @MicheleBachmann at @WhiteHouse evangelical dinner. @CBNNews @POTUS… https://t.co/KT5C5yFMFV— David Brody (@David Brody)1535424435.0
Megachurch Ppstor Jim Garlow, who has spent decades attacking LGBT people, is seen here posing with Ivanka Trump:
.@IvankaTrump with Pastor Jim Garlow tonight at the White House evangelical dinner. @CBNNews @realDonaldTrump… https://t.co/GCz9nKrck8— David Brody (@David Brody)1535418458.0
Here's how Garlow talks about LGBT people:
A video of @IvankaTrump's companion at tonight’s Trump "Evangelical Christian" dinner. Ivanka picked a vile whoppe… https://t.co/0silPqeZbU— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@☇RiotWomenn☇)1535428031.0
Brody breaks the facade of "Javanka's" supposed liberal and pro-equality beliefs, writing, "Don’t underestimate the role that Ivanka and Jared have played in the evangelical orbit. It’s been substantial. Evangelical leaders close to the WH have embraced them fully."
And here's Franklin Graham, another Evangelical who has spent decades attacking LGBT people and actively working to oppose their rights:
Franklin Graham speaks at the big evangelical dinner at the White House tonight. @realDonaldTrump @Franklin_Graham… https://t.co/Pe5Jrs3EbD— David Brody (@David Brody)1535416699.0
"We need to maintain our vigilance in the upcoming days," Graham told attendees. "The concern is that this is a spiritual warfare, this is a battle and ultimately battle is won on our knees."