Televangelist James Robison, the president of the Christian group Life Outreach International, and former spiritual advisor to President Trump said the former president has the tendency to act “like a little elementary schoolchild”. Taking Trump to task, he continued, “If Mr. Trump can’t stop his little petty issues, how does he expect people to stop major issues?”
This criticism from Robison, who after the 2016 election called Trump “a supernatural answer to prayer,” came just a day after Trump announced he would run for reelection in 2024.
And he is not alone in distancing himself from Trump.
Another member of President Trump’s former evangelical advisory group, Mike Evans, a Texas author and Christian Zionist activist told the Washington Post “Donald Trump can’t save America, he can’t even save himself.” Evans went on to say that Trump, “used us to win the White House. We had to close our mouths and eyes when he said things that horrified us, I cannot do that anymore.”
Another evangelical figure who previously endorsed Trump was even more blunt, with Washington Times columnist Everett Piper writing that Trump cost the GOP big in the midterms and could hurt them even more in two years. “The take-home of this past week is simple: Donald Trump has to go,” Piper wrote. “If he‘s our nominee in 2024, we will get destroyed.”
In the essay sent to The Washington Post earlier this month, Mike Evans said he would not vote for Trump again and recalled how he once left a Trump rally “in tears because I saw Bible believers glorifying Donald Trump like he was an idol.”
Evangelical leaders are abandoning Trump like rats from a burning ship, but will their followers as well?