This time around, he’s debating California Gov. Gavin Newsom, and a series of pro-DeSantis preachers hope that appeals to a divine power to drive Florida’s chief executive to victory, or some equivalent thereof, during the 90-minute tete a tete hosted by Sean Hannity.
Along the way, the prayer warriors urged God to stand by the Florida Governor during his extended cable news hit, while undermining his opponent from the West Coast.
The most prominent name on the call, of course, was that of Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez, taking time away from official duties with the Governor out of state yet again to host a call with the DeSantis national political operation.
Nuñez urged pastors to use their “tremendous bully pulpit,” a term more commonly associated with executive branch politicians, to accomplish their political goals.
“So we’d ask that you communicate with your communities that you try to make sure that people understand that elections have consequences. And I think the most important thing we can do is ensure that the faith community turns out in a major way on caucus day and then on the primaries that follow,” the LG said.
Nuñez said that many of those on the call “lament what we’re seeing in society,” adding that’s why a “strong leader” like the Governor is needed to “fight the fight.”
“He will put on the full armor of God,” she said, using a phrase that DeSantis himself uses with religious audiences.
Nuñez also dabbled in parable, invoking the example of Lazarus and Christ’s reputed resurrection of the leper.
“Jesus went to the tomb, he raised Lazarus from the dead. And what that story really represents to me is what Mary and Martha wanted was healing,” the LG said. “But instead Jesus wanted a resurrection. And I think that at this time, at this juncture, that is absolutely what we all need, a resurrection of our hearts, of our souls, of this country.”
Pastors also had their say, with the most quotable of them being Jack Hibbs of Chino Hills, California, who called for a divine smiting of his state’s Democratic Governor.
Hibbs urged God to “do a very, very powerful work in the undoing of Gavin Newsom’s tongue,” along with undoing “his train of logic and thinking.”
“Father, he has been the most violent pro-choice Governor, I think perhaps in our nation’s history. He has loosened the laws in the state against pedophilia and all sorts of crimes. God, he has done one horrible thing after another,” Hibbs urged.
“And then finally, Lord, I just want to ask that you would release every spiritual power of blessing upon the Governor and that you would bring every demonic power to be held captive,” Hibbs added, calling for a “great unraveling of Gavin Newsom.”
“Lord, he’s a man full of himself and he despises you,” Hibbs contended.