WASHINGTON, D.C., August 29, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – President Donald Trump issued a grave warning to evangelical leaders Monday evening, predicting a “violent” retaliation from Democrats and left-wing activists if they retake Congress in November.
Trump hosted a dinner for Christian conservative activists at the White House Monday evening, where he delivered a speech declaring that “the attacks on communities of faith are over” under his watch and vowing to help “uplift our nation in prayer, defend the sanctity of life, and forever proudly remain one nation under God.”
The president said his administration has “stopped the Johnson Amendment from interfering with your First Amendment rights,” acted to “defend the religious conscience of doctors, nurses, teachers, students, preachers, faith groups, and religious employers,” worked to defund the abortion industry abroad and reduce its funding at home, denounced religious persecution around the world, and more.
Trump has aggressively pursued a thorough pro-life agenda since taking office, and taken numerous actions to protect religious liberty, restore conscience rights, and represent faith leaders’ concerns. The Johnson Amendment remains in effect, however; his executive order last year did not abolish the rule against partisan activity from churches, and Congress has failed to repeal it.
The president took a more ominous tone in private remarks later that evening, however, according to NBC News.
“The level of hatred, the level of anger is unbelievable. Part of it is because of some of the things I've done for you and for me and for my family, but I've done them,” Trump said. “This Nov. 6 election is very much a referendum on not only me, it's a referendum on your religion, it's a referendum on free speech and the First Amendment.
He warned his audience that if Democrats retake Congress, “they will overturn everything that we've done and they'll do it quickly and violently, and violently. There's violence. When you look at Antifa and you look at some of these groups — these are violent people.”
After a left-wing restaurant owner kicked out White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and a leftist mob allegedly followed her family across the street this summer, liberals such as Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA and Washington Post writer Tom Scocca openly endorsed the harassment of Trump administration officials going about their off-duty lives, echoing the tactics of far-left agitators such as Antifa. Sanders was the latest in a string of White House officials harassed or threatened for their association with the president.
The LGBT lobby has also made successful use out of boycott and intimidation campaigns to pressure states to drop legislation it deems “anti-LGBT,” as well. Democrats increasingly support policies that coerce private citizens to promote abortion, produce pro-LGBT messages, and subsidize birth control.
The election outcome will have tremendous ramifications for pro-life and pro-family advocates. The GOP’s Senate majority is already too thin to withstand more than two defections on simple-majority votes (for reconciliation bills and judicial nominees), the Democratic Party officially favors abortion-on-demand at taxpayers’ expense, pro-abortion groups are agitating for federal nullification of state pro-life laws, and Democrats are fighting to advance the LGBT agenda, from transgender military service to denying treatment for people struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction.
RealClearPolitics’ electoral forecasts suggest a narrow GOP edge in the Senate with stronger Democrat odds in the House, while Democrats currently hold a substantial advantage in voter registration.