‘MAGA Church’: New Lincoln Project ad likens Jan. 6 rioters to preachers waging ‘holy war’ to re-elect Donald Trump

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The ad’s message is clear: If you want more of this, vote for Trump.

Just in time for the third anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot.

The Lincoln Project is launching a new ad likening the pandemonium that day to the fervor with which some faith leaders are declaring their — and God’s — support for former President Donald Trump.

This is war,” said Pastor Shane Vaughn of First Harvest Ministries in Mississippi screams.

You ain’t seen an insurrection yet,” promises Pastor Greg Locke of the Tennessee-based Global Vision Bible Church.

The one-minute spot intersperses them and other Christian ministers vowing that “spiritual warfare” will culminate in Trump “getting his second term of presidency” with the chaos at the U.S. Capitol.

It’s titled “MAGA Church: Holy War,” and its message is clear: If you want more of this, vote for Trump.

“MAGA ‘preachers’ are going to war for the least religious President in our lifetime,” Lincoln Project spokesperson Gregory Minchak said in a statement. “History and a higher power will judge these lunatics for what they are: delusional, blindly devoted sycophants with a fixation on worshiping a false God.”

The Thursday ad comes the same day as reporting that Trump will spend Saturday’s third anniversary of the Capitol riot by holding two campaign rallies in leadoff-voting Iowa to support his White House bid.

President Joe Biden, meanwhile, plans to visit a site near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, on Friday where George Washington and the struggling Continental Army endured a tough winter during the American Revolution.

Biden’s advisers say the stop in a critical swing state will highlight Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 siege and give the Democrat a chance for him to lay out the stakes of this year’s election. Weather concerns led Biden to move up his appearance from Saturday.

Biden’s campaign also announced an advertising push starting Saturday with a spot centering on the Capitol attack.

In the ad, Biden says, “There’s something dangerous happening in America.”

Nine deaths were linked to the attack and more than 700 people have gone to court for their roles in it. More than 450 people have been sentenced to prison.

Federal prosecutors in Washington have charged Trump in connection with the riot, citing his promotion of false and debunked theories of election fraud and efforts to overturn the results. Trump has pleaded not guilty and continued to lie about the 2020 election.

Trump has still built a commanding lead in the Republican Primary, and his rivals largely refrain from criticizing him about Jan. 6. He has called it “a beautiful day” and described those imprisoned for the insurrection as “great, great patriots” and “hostages.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis, who holds a distant second place in Republican Primary polling, called Jan. 6 a “protest” that “ended up devolving.” He more recently said Trump “should have come out more forcefully” against the rioters. Trump’s former U.N. Ambassador, Nikki Haley, who trails DeSantis in national polling by less than a percentage point, frequently tells crowds that Jan. 6 “was not a beautiful day; it was a terrible day.”

Views overall of the attack have hardened along partisan lines.

In the days after the attack, 52% of U.S. adults said Trump bore a lot of responsibility for Jan. 6, according to the Pew Research Center. By early 2022, that had declined to 43%. The number of Americans who said Trump bore no responsibility increased to 32% in 2022 compared to 24% in 2021.

Washington Post-University of Maryland poll released this week found that about 70% of Republicans say too much is being made of the attack. Just 18% of GOP supporters say that protesters who entered the Capitol were “mostly violent,” down from 26% in 2021, while 77% of Democrats and 54% of independents say the protesters were mostly violent — essentially unchanged from 2021.


Material from The Associated Press was used in this post. Republished with permission.

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  • Michael K

    January 4, 2024 at 5:39 pm

    These people are crazy, dangerous, and angry. This is what white “Christian” nationalism is doing to our nation.

    • The Dude

      January 4, 2024 at 9:13 pm

      What say you about Jeremiah Wright’s preachings / sermons? Racism and hate and didn’t he marry the Obama’s?

      • Tom

        January 5, 2024 at 7:51 am

        What about? What about?

      • rick whitaker

        January 5, 2024 at 11:41 am

        the dude, now just who is trump’s pastor? your comment makes no sense. the maga cult tried to overthrow the country, what did wright do? obama was one of the best presidents, trump is the worst president. no comparison DUDE. don’t you know that the lincoln project is trying to salvage your dying party, you should listen, you won’t.

    • Dont Say FLA

      January 5, 2024 at 7:54 am

      The USA needs to build that wall to keep the crazy MAGGAs in!

  • My Take

    January 4, 2024 at 5:42 pm

    And armed
    Often heavily.

    • Dont Say FLA

      January 5, 2024 at 1:44 pm

      Funny thing about the heavily armed MAGAs.. Most of them can barely off the couch. How many of their firearms and how much of their ammo can they take outside their trailer with them? I would bet 3 firearms at best, but not enough ammo to make use of 3 firearms. That shit gets heavy real fast. MAGAs are well armed to make the cops’ job take 10 minutes longer when the cops raid the MAGA’s trailer.

      Otherwise their “heavily armed” status does them no good in the civil war situation they’re hoping for.

      Their civil war will be done and over by the time a few local police departments smoke a few MAGAs out their confederate battle flag flying trailers and shoot them dead.

      LOL @ the MAGAs, al of them living in Fantasyland like Rhonda

      • My Take

        January 7, 2024 at 5:08 am

        The La-Z-Boy Legion

  • Earl Pitts "Sage Ron & John Supporter" American

    January 4, 2024 at 7:05 pm

    Good evening America,
    Everyone even remotly affiliated with the Lincoln Project is a walking talking stinking long piece of human feces that is:
    1.) Best Ignored
    2.) Flushed from our memory As Soon As Possable
    Thank you America and now that Earl has brought you, one and all, “UP TO SPEED” you are now free to “RELAX YOUR POLITICAL SPHINCTERS” secure in the Sage Knowledge that Earl has “Got This”.
    Earl Pitts “Ron John Supporter” American

    • Earl Pitts "Missing His Buddy" American

      January 4, 2024 at 8:15 pm

      Good evening America,
      I miss my buddy, Rick Whittaker, come back home Rick its just not the same without you. I was never made to “Soar With The Eagles without the wind beneith my wings…..Rick…..Rick…..come home already.
      Earl Pitts American

    • rick whitaker

      January 5, 2024 at 11:04 am

      i thought that the gop was 100% undemocratic and thus useless, but then along came the heroic true gop that saw that their party was being hijacked by white christian nationalist. the lincoln project gop is the only republicans worth even talking to. guys like earl shitts speaking out against the lincoln project tells me that they are on the side of democracy. anything earl loves, i hate. good work lincoln project. we need your help putting the maga cult asleep. rabid dogs like the maga cultist can not be allowed to roam free to infect others. let guys like earl be a beacon for where we don’t want our DEI country to go. thanks you earl for showing voters where not to go. don’t worry, biden is not petty like trump so you will be in goods hands. no retribution or punishment, just democracy. taxes on the very rich will be going up, so earl you won’t have to worry about that.

    • rick whitaker

      January 5, 2024 at 11:46 am


      • Earl Pitts "WEED EXPERT" American

        January 6, 2024 at 5:55 pm

        Thank you Rick for reporting back to work. It’s been very difficult to hamner my Sage Wisdom home to the voting populace of our “Great Nation” without your “Wacky Contrarian Leftist Snipeing Commentary” I, Earl Pitts American, have been working my @55 off like “A One Legged Man In A Butt Kicking Contest” without your backup.
        Welcome home Rick, I missed you Big Guy😥😀😁😃

        • Earl Pitts "WEED EXPERT" American

          January 6, 2024 at 5:57 pm

          I, Earl Pitts American, will be surely “Relaxing My Sphincter” now that Rick has come back home.
          I missed you Son 😥

  • Hamas Earl

    January 5, 2024 at 5:40 am

    Greet Earl as you might greet a terrorist.

  • Dont Say FLA

    January 5, 2024 at 7:52 am

    I strongly recommend all MAGA cult members shake it off and rejoin the real world.

    Shake it off? Another Taylor Swift reference from DSF? Yawn!


    “Shake it off” is the English translation for “intifada” when “it” is “Israel.”

    And when the “it” in “shake it off” is the USA, “intifada” translates to “MAGA”

    When “it” is a break up, and “shake” is rebound nookie, then yes, that is a Taylor Swift song. Aww you missed the meaning of that? HAHA. You’re a good, good MAGA.

  • Jojo

    January 6, 2024 at 8:00 am

    Funny that these radical preachers can’t see that they are exactly like the mullahs calling for war against the infidels.

  • Carol Wilson

    January 8, 2024 at 5:55 pm

    FOCUS Dude! The discussion is Donald Trump and evangelicals preaching war and hatred. What say you about that??

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