President Donald Trump continued his campaign outreach to Christians and minorities Friday during an event at a Miami megachurch in which he made specifically appeals to Hispanics.
The president unveiled an “Evangelicals for Trump” at King Jesus International Ministry, but the event had all the trappings of a campaign rally.
The packed venue featured attendees adorned with Trump 2020 campaign garb, but it opened with religious music and prayer, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Evangelical leaders in attendance included Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, and Paula White, who works for the White House as an adviser to the Faith and Opportunity Initiative. King Jesus Ministry’s pastor, Guillermo Maldonado, was also in attendance.
“In 2016, evangelical Christians helped us…they went out and they worked so hard and they produced numbers like they never produced before,” said the president. “We’re going to blow those numbers away in 2020.”
Campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany noted that the outreach coalition aims to enroll thousands of members and will seek to not only “maintain the extraordinary support of the evangelical community but also to expand it.”
“We definitely see we can make inroads with black and Hispanic evangelicals,” she added, arguing that the president’s record on religious issues would be appealing to those voters.
For his part, Trump acknowledged “so many extraordinary Hispanic and African-American faith leaders who are lifting our nation to incredible new heights.”
Since he took office, the president has remained closely aligned with religious leaders of various faiths. He meets regularly with pastors and is setting up an initiative giving religious groups more political influence.
“I may not be perfect but I get things done,” the president joked at one point, adding that he will soon take “action to safeguard students and teachers’ First Amendment rights to pray in our schools.”