An irritated Donald Trump complained in a campaigning phone call with religious leaders about losing votes from ungrateful Catholics and Jews in the 2020 election â€” which he again baselessly and repeatedly insisted he won.
â€œI did a lot for the Catholics. Iâ€™m a little bit surprised that we didnâ€™t do better with the Catholic vote,â€ Trump said on the recorded call Thursday (above), which was kicked off by his controversial rightwing televangelist adviser Paula White.Â
â€œI think we got about 50% of the [Catholic] vote,â€ Trump said on the conference call, which was organized by the religious group Intercessors for America and first reported by the Religious News Service.
â€œAnd yet, we did a lot for the Catholic vote. So weâ€™ll have to talk to them. Weâ€™re gonna have to meet with the Catholics,â€ a miffed Trump added in what appeared to be a clear sign that heâ€™s planning to run for president yet again. He said at one point he was â€œvery optimistic that weâ€™re going to be back.â€
He was similarly annoyed about Jewish voters.
â€œLook what I did with the embassy in Jerusalem and what I did with so many other things â€¦ Israel has never had a better friend, and yet I got 25% of the vote,â€ said Trump. â€œI think they have to get together. There has to be a little bit more unity with the religious groups all represented on this call.â€
White and Trump announced his new National Faith Advisory Board of religious leaders â€” including members on the call â€” which is a clone of Trumpâ€™s White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative. An email Monday to the group vowed that it would battle what it called President Joe Bidenâ€™s â€œanti-faith agenda,â€ reported the Jewish Daily Forward.
Trump also bashed church-going Bidenâ€™s record on religion.Â â€œA lot of things have happened with respect to faith and religion, and theyâ€™re not good things … what theyâ€™re doing to religion, what theyâ€™re doing to Christianity, is a sad, sad thing for our country,â€ said Trump. He offered no specifics.
Trump praised the Supreme Courtâ€™s 5-4 decision the previous day not to block the draconian new abortion crackdown in Texas.Â â€œEven last night, youâ€™re getting some very powerful decisions, more powerful than anybody would have thought,â€ he said.
He also complained that COVID-19 â€” â€œor the China virus as I like to call itâ€ â€” is â€œout of control.â€ Itâ€™s â€œsetting records right nowâ€ (in anti-mask Republican states), he added, apparently forgetting the more than 400,000 Americans who died on his watch.
During a question-and-answer session with Trump, he was asked about his own religious beliefs.
He responded vaguely:Â â€œItâ€™s all based around God â€” itâ€™s so important. God is so important to the success of what weâ€™re doing.â€
Robert Morris, pastor of Gateway Church in Dallas, who attended the maskless COVID superspreader event at the White House celebrating Amy Coney Barrettâ€™s confirmation to the Supreme Court last year, ended with a prayer.
â€œI pray for those Americans that voted the wrong way,â€ he said.
Listen to the entire call up top. He refers to the Catholic vote (and later the Jewish vote) beginning at 36:40.
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