Donald Trump says no one has done more “for religion itself” than him
Former President Donald Trump praised the way he served religious communities in the United States during his tenure.
“No one has done more for Christianity or for evangelicals – or for religion itself – than me, [doing] so many different things, “he said during a telephone interview with Devin Scillian on the show Breaking point.
Trump referred to “getting rid” of the Johnson Amendment, legislation he described as “a very bad thing and very costly.” Part of the U.S. tax code, the measure, which it weakened, prohibits nonprofits from supporting or opposing political candidates.
He noted that he gets more credit for what he has done for the evangelical community than for what he has done for the Jewish community in America, “but Israel is a very important part so nobody did. what I did and I am very happy to do this. “
Trump also claimed that President Joe Biden’s administration “cheated a lot about what it really thinks about organized religions and frankly about Christianity.”
“I said Biden was going to be bad; he turned out to be a lot worse than anyone ever thought,” he said on the show last Sunday.
Evangelical Christians have been a key base of support for Trump since his 2016 presidential campaign and could prove crucial again if he runs in 2024, which he has strongly hinted that he will do so even if the polls indicate its waning influence.
Recent polls among Republicans suggest Trump is becoming less popular in his own party. A published Wednesday by GOP pollster Carter Wrenn showed him tied with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for the 2024 race.
The poll, conducted on behalf of Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton’s super PAC, showed Republican voters’ support for Trump fell to 26.2% in September, from 46% in July.
“These numbers are likely to shock Donald Trump,” Bolton said in a statement. “After 20 years in Afghanistan, it’s clear the Americans are unhappy to leave as we did. Voters were smart enough to see that President Trump started the pullout and legitimized the Taliban through negotiations . “
A straw poll from the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference in Michigan last month also suggested that Trump’s influence was waning. Sixty percent of those polled said they would vote for a Republican even if the candidate disagreed with Trump’s claim that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent.