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President Trump Worshipped With Latino Evangelicals While Shoring Up Support For 2020 Reelection

While there are some mixed opinions about what it means to be an evangelical Christian, at the core, this label represents someone who’s beliefs are guided by scripture. They abide and believe everything the Bible says both the good and the bad. One of the most significant beliefs of an evangelical Christian is that they’re anti-abortion. It is that crucial reason why many evangelical Christians voted for President Donald Trump and continue to support him today. Yet, even that community is crumbling around Trump due to his moral conduct. Yet still, there’s still a hardcore Christian community that is Team Trump, and many of them are Latino. 

On Jan. 3, President Donald Trump spoke at a campaign event hosted by a Latino evangelical Christian community in Miami. 

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Thousands came out to hear Trump speak at the King Jesus International Ministry in Miami last week, where he not only addressed matters of the church but also of his attack against Iranian military leader Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani.

“America was not built by religion-hating socialists,” Trump said, according to the Washington Post. “America was built by churchgoing, God-worshiping, freedom-loving patriots.”

He went on to say, “Evangelicals . . . have never had a greater champion, not even close in the White House, than you have right now. Just look at the record, because we’ve done things that nobody thought was possible.”

If you’re wondering why some Latinos support Trump despite having an anti-Latino and anti-immigrant agenda, it’s pretty simple. They don’t actually see it that way.

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Guillermo Maldonado, president of the King Jesus International Ministry, said in an interview with Miami Herald that Trump isn’t out to harm Latinos. 

“I ask you: Do you think I would do something where I would endanger my people?” Maldonado said. “I’m not that dumb.” 

About last week’s event, Maldonado commented on Instagram, saying, “It was a blessing to see such unity in the body of Christ. I had the honor of leading a prayer where we declared God’s kingdom and His will for the United States and President @realdonaldtrump, as the Bible states in 1 Timothy 2:1.”

That verse, if you’re wondering, states, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

Latino conservatives also say that backing Trump isn’t just about being anti-abortion. They also support other policies by the president.

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“We’re pro-life. We want criminal justice reform. We want educational equity. We want a healthy economy,” Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, told Religion News Service this week. “Because we’re not one-issue voters, people think if they come to us with talking points, they’re gonna get us — no.” He added: “They need to have a holistic agenda that addresses the variety of issues that are important to us, both as evangelicals and Hispanics.”

Trump’s visit with Latino Christians comes at an interesting time. Before Christmas, the editorial board of Christianity Today said Trump should be removed from office. 

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The announcement by the prominent Christian publication came soon after Trump’s impeachment. Their anti-Trump stance left many, saying “it was about time” while also motivating the Trump campaign to focus on black and Latino Christians for their 2020 vote

“The president of the United States attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president’s political opponents,” Mark Galli, the editor in chief of Christianity Today, wrote in the editorial. “That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral.”

Yet still, it’s hard to speculate if Trump will cause a major shift within the Christian community and among minorities, especially because many are leaving the church.

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Pew Research shows that the Christian church doesn’t have as many followers as it used to. “Currently, 43 percent of U.S. adults identify with Protestantism, down from 51 percent in 2009. And one-in-five adults (20 percent) are Catholic, down from 23 percent in 2009.” 

Having said that, he still has a firm grasp on the Latino vote. A new poll released by Telemundo shows that “25 percent of Latinos say they would vote to reelect Trump.” In 2016, it was 26 percent, which means Trump’s actions or words since his election has not changed their minds. 

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Reddit Deletes ‘r/The_Donald’ SubReddit For Violating Terms Of Use On The Platform

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Reddit Deletes ‘r/The_Donald’ SubReddit For Violating Terms Of Use On The Platform

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Social media platforms are under a lot of pressure to target and regulate hate speech. Major platforms like Facebook have remained defiant despite studies showing that Facebook algorithm regularly suggests people to and monetize hate speech content and groups. Reddit, one social media giant, just delivered a major victory in the fight against social media hate speech.

The infamous subreddit “r/The_Donald,” which celebrated President Trump, has been banned.

The group on Reddit had more than 790,000 members who supported, defended, idolized, and praised President Donald Trump. The thread was filled with memes, viral videos, and comments in support of the president and his actions. Reddit executives officially banned the thread for violating parts of its terms and conditions.

The purging of “r/The_Donald” is part of a larger purging of political threads that violate hate speech terms and conditions.

“Reddit is a place for community and belonging, not for attacking people,” Steve Huffman, the company’s chief executive, said in a call with reporters, according to The New York Times. “‘The_Donald’ has been in violation of that.”

According to The New York Times, Reddit banned 2,000 threads spanning the political spectrum. One of the other groups is “r/chapotraphouse,” which is known for being an extreme socialist group driving people to Bernie Sanders. Chapo Trap House has gone so far as to release a manifesto specifically for anyone who feels alienated.

The subreddit is responsible for some of the most dangerous and debunked conspiracy theories in recent history.

In 2016, an insidious conspiracy theory spread through social media about a pedophile ring in Washington D.C. The pedophile ring was allegedly organized in the basement of a local pizza place and referred to as Pizzagate. However, the pizza place accused does not have a basement. Nevertheless, the conspiracy theory grew and spread until one man showed up armed with guns threatening the employees and patrons.

“r/The_Donald” users were angered by Reddit’s decision to take down a thread promoting the debunked conspiracy theory. Many claimed that Reddit was censoring the group trying to peddle the false story.

The removal of the subreddit is welcomed news to some.

According to The New York Times, Reddit executives had no option but to shut down the thread due to noncompliance. Officials for the social media platform had allegedly engaged with moderators of “r/The_Donald” to regulate users to adhere to terms and conditions.

“We’ve given them many opportunities to be successful,” Huffman told The New York Times. “The message is clear that they have no intention of working with us.”

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Twitter, Once Again, Fact-Checks One Of President Trump’s False Tweets

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Twitter, Once Again, Fact-Checks One Of President Trump’s False Tweets

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It is not hard to argue that President Donald Trump is on the wrong side of the racial justice protests happening right now. Instead, President Trump has stoked the flames of anger among the people in the marches. The president even had the military violently clear peaceful protesters from a park to have a photo-op holding a bible in front of a church.

President Donald Trump tweeted another fake video trying to further his war against the media.

President Trump has been waging a war against the media since he started running for president in 2016. The president has taken aim at trusted media organizations and news agencies because he doesn’t like the reporting. The agencies have not reported anything false about the president and the reporters from these agencies have held him accountable. There have been numerous briefings when reporters from these agencies have angered President Trump enough for him to lash out and walk away from the podium.

President Trump will always hold two distinctions: third impeached president in U.S. history and the first tweet marked as false information.

It wasn’t that long ago that the country watched as the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump. This makes him the third president to ever be impeached in U.S. history. This year, he became the first person to ever have one of his tweets flagged for having false information.

Twitter’s policies clarifying the falsehoods of some of Trump’s tweets have angered the president. President Trump signed an executive order that, while it doesn’t do much to affect social media platforms, it does signal to his base. President Trump understands that his base fears censorship of conservative voices, which is not happening. The executive order was a chance for him to let them know he hears them.

The video is another example of President Trump’s failure to lead the nation during this time.

While the U.S. is experiencing massive protests calling for police reform, President Trump has not done anything addressing the crisis. Instead, President Trump signed an executive order that did little to address police reform and reiterated his support of current policing.

This considered, his using a fake video to try to make CNN seem incompetent is not surprising. It is also unfortunately not surprising that he would also seek to belittle the conversations of race taking place. It is worth remembering that the first time President Trump was covered by The New York Times is was because of racism.

Don’t worry. CNN had enough time to let him know just where he stands.

President Trump is falling fast in the polls with Joe Biden gaining a considerable lead. From March to now, Biden’s lead over Trump has grown by double digits. He has even witnessed some of his voters from 2016 leaving his base.

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