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Trump warns the ‘radical left’ wants to ‘tear down crosses’ as he vows to defend Christian values in speech to convention of religious broadcasters

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'Remember, every communist regime throughout history has tried to eradicate the churches, just as every fascist regime has tried to co-opt and control them. And, in the United States, the radical left is trying to do both

Former President Donald Trump warned that the “radical left” wants to “tear down crosses” in a speech to a convention of religious broadcasters.

Trump promised to use a second term in the White House to defend Christian values ​​and even suggested he would protect the faith’s central iconography.

‘Remember, every communist regime throughout history has tried to eradicate the churches, just as every fascist regime has tried to co-opt and control them. And, in America, the radical left is trying to do both,” Trump told hundreds of cheering attendees at the National Religious Broadcasters International Christian Media Convention in Nashville.

“They want to tear down crosses wherever they can and cover them with social justice flags,” Trump added.

“But no one will touch the cross of Christ under the Trump administration, I swear.”

‘Remember, every communist regime throughout history has tried to eradicate the churches, just as every fascist regime has tried to co-opt and control them. And, in America, the radical left is trying to do both,” Trump told hundreds of convention attendees in Nashville.

It comes as mainstream conservatives have increasingly called on Trump to openly build his second term around Christian values ​​if he wins.

Trump is the favorite in a Republican primary in which the once-large field has been reduced to him and his former ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley.

The Christian media gathering, where sponsors handed out free red and white baseball caps emblazoned with ‘Make America Pray Again,’ was extremely friendly territory for the former president, whose speech often seemed more like a rally than a serious speech. a convention.

“The left is trying to shame Christians,” Trump said. ‘They are trying to embarrass us. I’m a very proud Christian.’

Trump repeatedly brought the crowd to its feet and frequently defended his record on abortion, including his appointment of three conservative Supreme Court justices who helped overturn Roe v. Wade.

But he notably failed to mention the Alabama Supreme Court ruling that led providers there to suspend in vitro fertilization after judges ruled that frozen embryos could be considered children under state law.

Trump addresses the 2024 National Association of Religious Broadcasters International Christian Media Convention, as part of the NRB Presidential Forum in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday.

Trump addresses the 2024 National Association of Religious Broadcasters International Christian Media Convention, as part of the NRB Presidential Forum in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday.

Trump addresses the 2024 National Association of Religious Broadcasters International Christian Media Convention, as part of the NRB Presidential Forum in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday.

President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign issued a blank statement on the matter Thursday night, ironically drawing attention to Trump’s lack of reaction to the ‘Alabama ruling on IVF for which he is responsible.’

Instead, Trump used his speech to boast that he had used his first term to do “more to defend religious freedom than any administration in history.”

“The enthusiasm for the elections that will be held in November is much greater than in 2016 or 2020,” he said. “Much better, it’s not even a contest.”

Tennessee holds its primary on Super Tuesday, March 5, when many states across the country vote and could put Trump on the cusp of claiming the Republican nomination.

Some religious leaders were initially hesitant to support the multi-divorced Trump when he first ran for president in 2016, but are now among his mostly solidly loyal “Make America Great Again” base.

That’s despite a personal history that has become more checkered in recent years, including Trump’s indictment in New York in connection with hush payments made to a porn actress in an attempt to suppress an extramarital affair.

“When it came on the scene, people were skeptical,” said Troy Miller, president and CEO of National Religion Broadcasters.

“But I think as they’ve learned more and heard Donald Trump speak, the one thing I hear all the time from people… is that they really feel like Donald Trump understands them and that’s the biggest connection that the people do. “This is a guy in politics who understands us, who understands us, who doesn’t talk like he’s an elitist or belittle us.”

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