Democrats prebut Donald Trump’s Miami evangelical event

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The event is scheduled for 5 p.m. Jan. 3.

President Donald Trump is holding his “Evangelicals for Trump” coalition kickoff Friday at El Rey Jesús in Miami.

“The event will bring together evangelicals from across the nation who support President Trump’s reelection,” according to the announcement from his campaign.

Several Democrats have released statements slamming the event, calling it a waste of time and a “desperate” attempt to hold on to his base.

Last month, the campaign announced the event for 5 p.m. Jan. 3. Guillermo Maldonado, the megachurch’s lead pastor, has publicly praised the President and visited the White House.

Trump is expected to look for heavy support from evangelicals during the 2020 campaign. Winning in Florida also is important for his reelection hopes.

The announcement came only days after a blistering editorial by Christianity Today, a prominent evangelical magazine founded by Billy Graham, calling for the President’s removal from office.

“The President of the United States attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the President’s political opponents,” wrote Christianity Today editor-in-chief Mark Galli.  “That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral.”

Evangelical leader Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham, said his father “would be embarrassed” by the editorial. The younger Graham is a fervent Trump supporter.

“It is not going to change anybody’s mind about Trump,” Graham said in a recent interview.

The campaign for former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump’s leading Democratic opponent, released a statement:

“Donald Trump is ringing in the new year with a desperate bid to cling to his base and a viable path to re-election. Tomorrow’s event in Miami comes on the heels of a new poll that shows Trump would lose the state of Florida if he has to face Joe Biden in November. It also comes just weeks after one of the Evangelical community’s top publications called for Trump’s removal from office for his high crimes and misdemeanors in trying to blackmail a foreign government into smearing Biden.

“This is all not to mention the countless ways that Donald Trump has stoked fear in Hispanics and immigrants in Florida, including many King Jesus International Ministry churchgoers. His base is crumbling and Trump sees the writing on the wall: Joe Biden will beat him in Florida and battleground states around the country. This year we make Donald Trump a one-term president.”

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, whose congressional district includes El Rey Jesús church, also attacked the event:

“Instead of holding yet another political rally to incite divisions, I would like President Trump to focus on the serious issues we face here in South Florida. What our community really needs is action to lower prescription drug prices, curb the harmful effects of climate change, and end gun violence. Just recently, our community was devastated by another shooting. We can’t wait any longer.

“We also cannot wait to address the high rate of poverty in South Florida, lack of access to affordable housing, and our community’s need for high-quality education. Finally, Hispanics and Latinos in my district have suffered immensely from the President’s cruel and failed immigration policies, including separating families.

“I urge President Trump to use his time here to address these issues, not continue his agenda of division.”

Phil Ammann

Phil Ammann is a Tampa Bay-area journalist, editor and writer. With more than three decades of writing, editing, reporting and management experience, Phil produced content for both print and online, in addition to founding several specialty websites, including His broad range includes covering news, local government, entertainment reviews, marketing and an advice column. Phil has served as editor and production manager for Extensive Enterprises Media since 2013 and lives in Tampa with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul. He can be reached at [email protected]


  • Marla

    December 21, 2019 at 6:22 am

    If Trump loses the rest of Evangelicals, he’s lost it all and he knows it.

  • Jean

    December 21, 2019 at 8:41 am

    How do we stay informed on this event? Why Miami?

  • D-U-M-P T-R-U-M-P !!!

    December 23, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Who’s the bigger prostitute here? Trump or the evangelicals? Pathetic. All around!

  • Bill Baker

    December 28, 2019 at 7:37 am

    My pets have more religion than any of the trump family………….PLease, too funny

  • Jan

    December 28, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Nasty Pelosi was bullied into a partisan impeachment by AOC and the radical socialist left wing of her party and will lose her position as Speaker of the House, lose the House majority by making democrat moderates walk the plank for her, and hand Donald J. Trump four more years as president; when Republicans win back the House, control the Senate again and re-elect the president.

  • DisplacedCTYankee

    January 2, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    Another Trump campaign rally paid for by U.S. taxpayers.

  • Swamp Dog

    January 2, 2020 at 11:38 pm

    Dems, please spare me the hypocricy! When are you going to start condemning Dem candidates and the black churches they speak in every election season? Most recently Pete Bootyjudge in South Carolina. What’s good for you is not good for Trump, is that it? I’m not especially a Trump fan, but you are the biggest bunch of hypocrites I’ve ever heard of.

    • Charlotte Greenbarg

      January 3, 2020 at 9:23 am

      Spot on. Democrats campaign at a mega church in Ft. Lauderdale. The far left parrots squawking the party line in the rants on this site are laughable.

  • John

    January 3, 2020 at 10:04 am

    LOL – democrats getting their panties in a wad over a GOP campaign event and the content of said event!!! Get a life Debbie!

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