While evangelical support for President Trump has been immovable, cracks are beginning to show in the wake of his decision to withdraw a contingent of troops from northeast Syria, effectively allowing Turkey to launch attacks on the US’s Kurdish allies while emboldening Iran.
The first notable evangelical voice to break with Trump over the matter was televangelist and 700 Club host Pat Robertson, who earlier this week said that he was “appalled” by the decision.
“Ladies and gentlemen I want to say right now,” Robertson declared in a video clip flagged by Right Wing Watch. “I am absolutely appalled that the United States is gonna betray those democratic forces in northern Syria, that we’re possibly gonna allow the Turks to come in against the Kurds.
Another evangelical powerhouse to speak out was Franklin Graham, who call on Trump to “reconsider” the pullout.
“TODAY I ask that you join me in praying for the lives affected by the White House decision to pull U.S. troops out of northern Syria,” Graham tweeted on Wednesday. “Both Democrat & Republican leaders are deeply concerned bc this would be, in essence, abandoning our closest allies there — the Kurdish people.”
“Also pray for the Christians who the Kurds have been protecting. They could be annihilated,” he added.
Evangelical radio host, pundit, and blogger Erick Erickson tweeted out a message to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this Wednesday, asking her to “maybe do a vote to initiate impeachment STAT, have the committee get out articles by tonight and over to the Senate, and perhaps we’ll still have time to save some of the Kurds.”
As the chorus of dissent continues to grow, it remains to be seen if it has any effect on the 80 percent of white evangelical support Trump used to surge to the presidency in 2016. Evangelicals lauded Trump as being a protector of persecuted Christians around the world. Now, his perceived abandonment of Christian communities in northern Syria has stained that image, at least in the eyes of some of his religiously conservative supporters.
‘Get the hell out!’: Trump supporters freak out when protesters show up to Lindsey Graham event
A small group of protesters came to one of Lindsey Graham's latest campaign events, and they were quickly attacked by supporters of President Donald Trump chanting "four more years."
Graham's event seemed to have more support for Trump than for Graham at his own weekend event. It's unknown why the Trump supporters were not chanting for Graham.
"Get the hell out!" one Trump supporter can be heard shouting. He and another older man were seen wagging their fingers
At least one Graham protester could be seen holding up a sign with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The South Carolina senator is fighting for his political career and many other Republicans struggling to hold onto their seats. Graham is now being confronted with past comments he made saying that no president, regardless of the party, should make a Supreme Court pick right before his or her election.
Black man takes N-word spewing racist to school — and makes him promise to never do it again
When a racist White guy at a marina shouted out the N-word at a group of Black men, he probably didn't count on their response being a history lesson, but that's precisely what happened.
While President Donald Trump is claiming that Black community members are beating and killing White racists and responding with general violence, the two men showed a different reality.
"What made you say it?" the men asked.
The white guy shrugged.
"You that racist?" one of the men asks.
"Uh, no, I--" the White guy tried to answer.
"Then why would you call us a n*gger?" one of the men asks.
Lamar Alexander refuses to stand against Trump Supreme Court choice
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is an outgoing Senator but he is firmly supporting President Donald Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a statement released Sunday, Alexander claimed that the so-called "McConnell Rule" doesn't count because the Senate and the White House is ruled by Republicans. The "McConnell Rule" was never a rule until McConnell decided he didn't want former President Barack Obama to nominate another justice when conservative Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly.
"Senator McConnell is only doing what Democrat leaders have said they would do if the shoe were on the other foot," said Alexander.