Evangelical leaders met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday to pray over the president ahead of the House’s vote on impeachment rules this week, according to Fox News.
Pastor Jack Graham, Ralph Reed and the Rev. Johnnie Moore were three of the conservative Christians in attendance and told Fox News they assured Trump that “evangelicals across America support him. ...We are unwavering in our support for the president."
"We prayed for the president, with thanksgiving, as always, that he would know God's wisdom and strength as the president of the United States," Graham said. Their prayers are a gesture Trump "always welcomes," he added, saying the president is ever "appreciative of the people who pray for him across the country."
Reed, who heads up the Faith and Freedom Coalition, told the news outlet: "I have never seen a president more focused, more in command than what we saw with President Trump yesterday."
Moore insisted that “it was abundantly clear” that Trump is “totally unfazed” by the impeachment inquiry, saying Democrats’ actions have nothing to do with the president and everything to do with his political agenda.
"Evangelical leaders see this, not as impeaching Donald Trump, but they're trying to impeach me and my values," Moore said. "Donald Trump is pretty good at fighting alone -- but he isn't going to have to on this one."
Trump was reportedly greeted with a standing ovation as the 25 members of his informal evangelical advisory board met with him.
Evangelical support for the president is all but unwavering, even as damaging information continues to trickle out of House impeachment hearings.
Friendly Atheist noted that Trump’s approval rating among evangelical Christians stands strong at 77 percent, likely due in large part to his numerous appointments of conservative judges and willingness to indulge their paranoia about religious freedom.
The evangelical leaders said “Trump did not appear preoccupied with the impeachment inquiry” during their visit; rather, he was focused on unrelated issues, like “the nomination of federal judges, criminal justice reform, the defense of religious freedom, abortion reduction, the child tax credit, opportunity zones, the battle against opioid addiction and human trafficking, the Islamic State and the targeted operation leading to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.”
Trump is well aware that he needs the continued support of the evangelical community if he hopes to win a second term — and it appears he is highly likely to receive that support.