Anti-Trump Republicans deride evangelical supporters with ‘MAGA church’ ad, vow ‘just getting started’

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An anti-Trump group of Republicans is targeting evangelical Christians in an advertisement mocking them for their support of the president.

The Lincoln Project, a new group which includes George Conway, husband of White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, on its board of advisers launched a video ad aimed at evangelical supporters of President Trump titled “The MAGA Church.”

(Video: YouTube)

“Beware of false prophets,” warned the more than two-minute video ad that titled with a combination of the word “megachurch” and “Make America Great Again,” Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan.

“If this is the best American Christians can do, then God help us all,” the video added, combining clips of Trump and supporters speaking about faith interspersed with off-color remarks by the president.

The video begins with the president speaking at the launch of “Evangelicals for Trump” at a Florida church last week, saying “evangelicals, Christians of every denomination and believers of every faith have never had a greater champion — not even close — in the White House.”

A Bible passage from the Book of Matthew appeared on screen as he spoke: “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

The super PAC releasing the video was founded by several conservatives who claim to be working to persuade “enough disaffected conservatives, Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in swing states and districts to help ensure a victory in the Electoral College, and congressional majorities that don’t enable or abet Mr. Trump’s violations of the Constitution.”

Conway, an open and quite vocal critic of the president, tweeted “Make America Not Hypocritical” along with a link to the video.

The Lincoln Project accused Evangelical leaders “who lay their loyalty and faith on the altar of” Trump of “betraying their congregants and their country.”

The group’s co-founders are solidly anti-Trump critics with Rick Wilson, the author of a book in which he compared the president to the devil and former John Kasich 2016 campaign strategist John Weaver, who has called evangelical leaders supporting Trump “false prophets,” “professional grifters” and “cult makers.”

Wilson tweeted that the group was “just getting started.”

The president has garnered widespread support among the Evangelical community and spoke about it in a rally speech in Toledo, Ohio on Thursday.

“The evangelicals called, some of the greatest pastors, ministers, preachers,” he said. “They just called today, five of the most respected people, and they said things that were incredible.”

“They said, there’s never been anything like this in the church that they can [remember]. Some of them had been doing it for 30, 40 years. They said we have never seen enthusiasm like we see for this president and for this presidency, all of us, like we have right now,” Trump added.

The release of the anti-Trump video, which comes just weeks after an editorial by Christianity Today editor-in-chief Mark Galli who called for the president to be removed from office, sparked backlash on Twitter.

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