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Pastor chides white evangelical Christians for falling for Donald Trump’s message of hate

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President Donald Trump retains support among prominent evangelical Christians, but many evangelicals are pleading with fellow Christians to resist Trump’s message.

Writing in Vox Tuesday, Pastor Ed Stetzer reminds evangelicals that Trump’s line on refugees does not square with Christian teaching.

“President Donald Trump is trying to fool evangelicals like me,” he writes. “This time, it’s using a false threat of an invasion from a “caravan” of poor people marching through Mexico to seek asylum legally.”

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“It should be obvious to everyone. But it isn’t — research shows that evangelicals tend to have strong political opinions when it comes to immigration, so they are distinctly open to this fear-driven message,” he warns.

Stetzer, who is also a professor, has researched contemporary Christian opinion on immigration. He’s also studied voting patterns.

“We found, as other research projects support, that white evangelicals are highly motivated to support President Donald Trump around the issue of immigration,” he writes. “As his rhetoric around the caravan shows, President Trump clearly knows this.”

Stetzer chides fellow Christians for being susceptible to a message of fear.

“It makes little of the depth of God’s love for us in Christ by teaching us that our love for others is conditioned by country, race, or ethnicity. Regardless of political affiliation and positions, evangelicals need to see this culture of fear of others for what it is: un-Christian,” he writes.

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Stetzer then lays out the values that should guide Christians’ attitudes around immigration.

“First, the Christian faith demands we love immigrants and refugees,” he notes. “Second, evangelicals need to be taught to love the stranger.”

He observes that love of refugees is not at odds with sensible immigration reform and he, once again, reminds fellow evangelicals that politicians may not always be aligned with the values espoused by Jesus.

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“Our evangelical witness would be in a better place if we were less easily fooled,” he says.

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Rosie O’Donnell hilariously responds to attacks from ‘demented liar’ Donald Trump

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President Donald Trump lashed out at Rosie O'Donnell during a campaign rally in Las Vegas on Friday.

During his third rally in as many days, Trump alleged that O'Donnell had committed crimes.

O'Donnell, who had been friendly with Trump before he began publicly feuding with her, responded to the news on Twitter.

fuck off u demented liar #TrumpRussiaCollusion https://t.co/GJIGne4WI7

— ROSIE (@Rosie) February 21, 2020

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Bernie Sanders responds to report that Russia is intervening to boost his campaign

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) urged Russia to stay out of the upcoming 2020 election in response to a new Washington Post article, which reported Friday that the Democratic frontrunner has been briefed by U.S. officials that the foreign government is trying to boost his candidacy.

“I don’t care, frankly, who Putin wants to be president,” Sanders told the outlet. “My message to Putin is clear: stay out of American elections, and as president I will make sure that you do."

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‘The president doesn’t stop cheating’: Intel Committee working through the weekend to counter Russia threat

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The House Intelligence Committee will be working through the weekend to protect the 2020 election from Russian meddling, one member of the committee revealed on MSNBC on Friday.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) was interviewed by MSNBC Chuck Todd about reports that Russia is backing President Donald Trump's reelection in the 2020 presidential race.

"Are we going to have public hearings on this sooner rather than later?" Todd asked.

"I'll let the chairman address that," Swalwell replied. "But our staff is working through the weekend to make sure that our elections are free from Russian interference."

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