As the 2024 election draws closer and it appears almost certain that Donald Trump will secure the Republican nomination, the former president is continuously revealing specific aspects of his platform. Trump recently vowed to create a federal task force that would be charged with fighting what he describes as “anti-Christian bias.”
During a campaign event in Iowa last week, Trump promised supporters that he would “end the war on Christians” if he retakes the White House next year. The former president alleged that under the Biden administration, “Christians and Americans of faith are being persecuted and government is being weaponized against religion like never before.”
During his statement, Trump cited a House Judiciary report from earlier this year, which claimed the FBI considered traditional Catholics to be ‘potential domestic terrorists.’ “Evangelicals will not be far behind because when that starts, it starts happening on a very major scale,” he said. “When I’m back in the White House, never again will your government be used to target Christians and other religious beliefs.”
Trump further denounced the political persecution of Christians while illustrating the rich, historical roots of Christianity in the United States. He explained that all illegal discrimination and persecution of Christians in America would be thoroughly investigated. “They are going after Christians,” Trump continued. “Americans of faith are not a threat to our country. Americans of faith are the soul of our country and they have been from the beginning.”
Trump also took the opportunity to call out Joe Biden, condemning his failure to acknowledge Jesus Christ in a recent speech at the annual National Christmas Tree lighting. “He completely failed to even mention the birth of Jesus Christ, which is hard to do if you’re celebrating Christmas, right?” said Trump. “He didn’t mention Jesus Christ in his remarks, not for three years he hasn’t mentioned that, and barely mentioned God.”
Trump’s promise to Christian voters comes right as Colorado issued a ruling that determined Donald Trump ineligible to be on the state’s ballot for the 2024 presidential election. The high court decision in Colorado cited the 14th Amendment, alleging Trump engaged in an insurrection.
“President Trump is disqualified from holding the office of President under Section Three; because he is disqualified, it would be a wrongful act under the Election Code for the Secretary to list him as a candidate on the presidential primary ballot,” the decision read.
The Trump campaign slammed the ruling, indicating it will seek an appeal. A dissenting opinion from Colorado Chief Justice Brian Boatwright claimed that the court went beyond its authority in ruling Trump had engaged in an insurrection.
“Unlike qualifications such as age and place of birth, an application of Section Three requires courts to define complex terms, determine legislative intent from over 150 years ago, and make factual findings foreign to our election code,” wrote Boatwright. “Dismissal is particularly appropriate here because the Electors brought their challenge without a determination from a proceeding (e.g., a prosecution for an insurrection-related offense) with more rigorous procedures to ensure adequate due process.”
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