Anti-Trump Republicans unleash bitter ad mocking evangelicals

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Faith leaders pray over President Donald Trump during an "Evangelicals for Trump Coalition Launch" at King Jesus International Ministry, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Evidently seeing Democrats as better for the future of America, certain Trump-hating Republicans are targeting evangelical Christians who back President Trump, even accusing them of hypocrisy in a new ad released Jan. 9.

An ad titled “The MAGA Church” — a play on the word “megachurch” and Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” — has been released by The Lincoln Project, according to FOX News. It features a montage of outspoken evangelical supporters of the president interspersed with crude comments from Trump.

“Beware of false prophets,” the ad warns darkly, adding, “If this is the best American Christians can do? God help us all.”

The video follows the recent launch of “Evangelicals for Trump,” with more than 70 pastors at one of the largest Latino megachurches in Miami endorsing the president, and weeks after Christianity Today editor-in-chief Mark Galli, who is now retired, published an editorial calling for the removal of Trump from office for his “gross immorality and ethical incompetence.”

The Lincoln Project, co-founded by Rick Wilson, a “Never Trump” leader who authored a book likening Trump to the devil, and John Weaver, a strategist for John Kasich’s 2016 run, who said evangelical leaders who support Trump “are trying to transform America into their greedy image,” calling them “false prophets,” “professional grifters” and “cult makers.”

The Lincoln Project, which launched last month, aims to persuade “enough disaffected conservatives, Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in swing states and districts to help ensure a victory in the Electoral College, and congressional majorities that don’t enable or abet Mr. Trump’s violations of the Constitution.”

The president took the majority of the evangelical vote in the last election and is looking to increase that growth in 2020.

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