Last week, President Trump held a meeting with evangelical leaders in the White House State Dining Room in which he said about the stakes in the 2018 midterm elections, and I quote:
This November 6 election is very much a referendum on not only me, it’s a referendum on your religion, it’s a referendum on free speech and the First Amendment. It’s a referendum on so much. It’s not a question of like or dislike, it’s a question that they will overturn everything that we’ve done and they will do it quickly and violently. And violently. There is violence. When you look at Antifa – these are violent people. You have tremendous power. You were saying, in this room, you have people who preach to almost 200 million people. Depending on which Sunday we’re talking about. … You have to hopefully get out and get people to support us. If you don’t, that will be the beginning of ending everything that you’ve gotten. The polls might be good, but a lot of them say they are going to vote in 2020, but they’re not going to vote if I’m not on a ballot. I think we’re doing well, I think we’re popular, but there’s a real question as to whether people are going to vote if I’m not on the ballot. And I’m not on the ballot. I just ask you to go out and make sure all of your people vote. Because if they don’t – it’s November 6 – if they don’t vote, we’re going to have a miserable two years and we’re going to have, frankly, a very hard period of time. You’re one election away from losing everything that you’ve gotten. Little thing: Merry Christmas, right? You couldn’t say ‘Merry Christmas.’ “
Is he right?
I should first say that I was not among the invited guests. So, I am relying on press reports of the exact words spoken by President Trump. With that in mind, let me say that these words, what has been reported various “fake news,” anti-Trump, leftist publications are not the most tactful words ever spoken by a president. But President Trump speaks from the heart and the gut. Among friends – and the evangelical leaders are among his most loyal supporters – he speaks bluntly and candidly, regardless of any concerns about how his message will be twisted.
With that in mind, I would say he was spot on.
What have I been telling you for the last eight months? That America is on the precipice of losing the spirit and letter of the First Amendment – free speech. freedom of the press and freedom of religion, the first freedoms. He said exactly what I have been saying – and I am in the crosshairs of this effort.
Let’s look at it bluntly: We have high-ranking Democratic Party officials such as Keith Ellison, co-chairman of the Democratic National Committee, writing to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos advocating that the largest book retailer in the world stop selling books by authors who the ultra-left Southern Poverty Law Center label as “haters.” That would include me, Dr. Ben Carson and thousands of others. We have Democratic members of Congress calling for more “conservative” websites to be banned from Google and Facebook because of their political incorrectness. The SPLC is an organization that inspired at least one armed violent attack on the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, a man who intended to kill every employee, but was stopped miraculously by a courageous African-American security guard who took a bullet before subduing him in 2013. We’ve seen an armed Bernie Sanders supporter attempt to wipe out dozens of Republican members of Congress practicing on a softball field in Virginia just last year. We’ve seen the demonic Antifa fascists, posing as antifascists, in Charlottesville, Berkeley, New York and elsewhere using their violent, intimidation tactics actually praised by people like CNN’s Chris Cuomo and rationalized by others.
And we have seen the most concerted attack on the First Amendment by the powerful leftwing cartel of Google and Facebook banning political speech just because they don’t like it.
President Trump has talked about all these things. He understands the threat we as a nation face. If Democrats, by some chance, should win control of Congress in November – by hook or by crook – it’s endgame for the First Amendment, future free elections and the beginning of open and brazen persecution of Christian in America. That’s the way I would have stated it. And that’s not much different from the way Trump stated it – though saying “Merry Christmas” would not have been one of my main points.
Of course, he was nitpicked by the self-proclaimed “fact-checkers” like “Politifact.”
He mentioned his effort in “getting rid of the Johnson Amendment.” No, he doesn’t have the power to get rid of it. That would take an act of Congress. But NO ONE – NO CHURCH, NO PASTOR – has been charged with a violation of the Johnson Amendment by the Trump administration, which effectively muzzles the free political speech rights of churches and pastors, since he took office.
In other words, President Trump was 99.9 percent right in everything he told evangelical leaders last week.
We are facing an existential threat to the First Amendment this November. One side wants to ensure that we can no longer speak freely, read what we want to read, publish what we have an absolute, inalienable right to publish and desire to start banning – or burning – books in America.
Trump wants to preserve freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of religion.
At its essence, It’s about as simple as that.
As some directly in the crosshairs of this anti-American, book-burning, anti-God political cabal, I thank President Trump for speaking out boldly, forthrightly, honestly, candidly and not beating around the bush.
Frankly, he’s the best chance we have at preserving these hollowed institutions and ideals in America beyond 2019. He’s brash. He’s not a polished politician. And he’s got the big picture.
I only wish every Republican on the ballot this November saw things as clearly as Trump does.
My advice? Do what he says. Vote Republican in November just to support President Trump and what’s right.
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