By Aysha Qamar | 25 July 2022
Donald Trump will go to any end in a pathetic attempt to win support. While speaking at an event held by Turning Point USA in Florida on Saturday, Trump attempted to gain the support of conservative Christians by claiming “Americans kneel to God, and God alone.”
“We will not break, we will not yield, we will never give in, we will never give up, we will never, ever, ever back down. As long as we are confident and united, the tyrants we are fighting do not stand a chance,” Trump said. “Because we are Americans and Americans kneel to God, and God alone.”
According to Business Insider, his remarks were seen as Christian nationalism, an ideology gaining fast popularity in GOP communities. Recent reports from The New York Times, The New Yorker, and CNN also all suggest Christian nationalism is on the rise.
President Donald J. Trump speaks at the Student Action Summit in Tampa, Florida: "Because we are Americans, and Americans kneel to God, and God alone." pic.twitter.com/krSA2Rkmdr
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According to Christianity Today, Christian nationalism is “the belief that the American nation is defined by Christianity, and that the government should take active steps to keep it that way.” The main focus is that America is considered a “Christian nation.”
The Tampa event came a day after he gave a speech at the “Save America” rally in Arizona Friday night. There he not only showed his support for Republican candidates Kari Lake for governor and Blake Masters for the U.S. Senate but also appealed the conservative Christians present.
“We will never give in, we will never yield, we will never, ever, ever back down,” Trump said. “As long as we are unified, the tyrants we are against do not stand a chance because we are Americans who kneel to God and no one else.”
Fox News and other outlets noted that Trump dropped several hints during the rally on the possibility of him running for president in 2024.
“Take the five worst presidents put them together and it would not be worse than Biden’s damage,” Trump said “. . .We may have to do it again.”
“We will make America wealthy again. We will make America strong again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And we will make America great again,” Trump added.
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Despite all that he has done, Trump’s standing is still clearly strong. When he handed over the mic Lake referred to Trump as ‘Superman’ and encouraged people to come out and vote.
“We can’t wait for Superman to save us, we have to get involved,” Lake said, adding that “I believe Superman is coming back and hopefully soon. And when he does, we will be by his side.”
But this weekend’s events aren’t the only events during which Trump has advocated for Christian nationalism. During 2017’s Values Voter Summit on Friday Trump told attendees that in the U.S. ”we don’t worship government, we worship God,” NPR reported.
“We know that it’s the family and the church — not government officials — who know best how to create strong and loving communities,” Trump said.
While Trump failed to deliver many of his campaign promises he reminded the crowd of what he did that supported their values including allegedly “stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values.”
Of course, Trump isn’t the only GOP representative who believes in this Christian nationalism. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, not only attended the same Tampa event, but identified herself as a Christian nationalist in an interview. She allegedly shared her support for the ideology while explaining why Republicans need to represent their voters instead of lobbyists or big donors.
“We need to be the party of nationalism, and I’m a Christian and I say it proudly, we should be Christian nationalists,” Greene said.
They talked about God, Child Drag Shows, January 6th, and the lack of courage in the GOP. pic.twitter.com/1apZJOb2cB
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Let’s not forget Greene’s buddy Rep. Lauren Boebert, who also not only attended the event but has said the church should be in charge of the government.
“The church is supposed to direct the government, the government is not supposed to direct the church,” she said last month, according to Business Insider. “That is not how our founding fathers intended it. And I’m tired of this separation of church and state junk that’s not in the Constitution.”
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