Donald Trump is obviously planning on running for president again in 2024. But to win even the Republican nomination he needs to keep the Christian right in America happy. But Trump’s recent attacks on Israel’s former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are causing concern among his Christian supporters.
Mike Evans, a preacher and former Trump advisor, is one of a number of such people who have expressed concern over recent revelations that Trump has been attacking Netanyahu. He was one of a number of evangelicals who, according to a report in the Washington Post, sent the former president a letter of warning on the matter.
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Mike Evans calls himself a Christian Zionist and runs the organization the Jerusalem Prayer Team.
Trump won office, in part, because he was able to win over the Christian right in America. He promised to support their agenda. Domestically Trump appointed conservative justices to the federal courts who are more likely to uphold new stricter abortion laws passed in certain states. And on foreign policy, President Trump was a strong supporter of Israel. He recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the U.S. embassy there.
So why is Trump now attacking Netanyahu? Benjamin Netanyahu was described by many as a sycophant for how he acted around Donald Trump. Also for the way that the former Israeli prime minister spoke about the former president.
So, what happened? Well, apparently Trump thinks that just by congratulating President Biden on his victory last year Benjamin Netanyahu committed an act of personal betrayal. Netanyahu, apparently, did not know that he was expected to go along with Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 elections.
Israeli journalist Barak Ravid has a new book coming out and he released audio tapes of some of his conversations with Trump.
Trump thinks that Netanyahu did not wait long enough before congratulating Biden. “It was early. OK? Let’s put it this way — he greeted him very early. Earlier than most world leaders. I’ve not spoken to him since. F**k him.” But how long should Netanyau have waited? Until after January 6? After the inauguration of Biden as president? Or, maybe never.
This has caused a lot of concern on the part of evangelicals. According to the Post, the letter they sent to Trump reads, in part, “Please, I beg of you, don’t put us in the position to choose between you and Bible land. There is no possibility you can win again if Bible-believing evangelicals see you as the ‘F–k Netanyahu’ president who blames the State of Israel, and not the Palestinians, for not making peace.”
However, it remains to be seen what impact, if any, the letter will have or how many evangelicals in America feel the same way.