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Trump visits megachurch for rally with 7000 evangelicals

by Cara Bentley

The US President has attended a large apostolic church in Florida to speak at an 'evangelicals for Trump' rally.

King Jesus International Ministry church in Miami has around 15,000-20,000 members and primarily reaches Hispanic Christians.

Donald Trump visited the Apostolic church on Friday evening, speaking directly to his right-wing Christian supporter base and asking for their continued support.

The church’s pastor Guillermo Maldonado and his wife Ana hosted, with Martin Luther King Jr's niece Alveda King and spiritual adviser Paula White praying on stage with a group of leaders who lay hands on the President.



They prayed that God would release his power on the President, to change the nation, to forgive the sins of the nation and that demonic powers against him would be torn down. 

Mr Trump thanked prosperity preacher Paula White for her 'beautiful prayer' and joked that if anyone in the crowd was truly religious they should give up their seat for people waiting outside.



He went on to explain that Qassem Soleimani had been killed and that it should be a warning to terrorists. 

He argued that his opponents want to shut God out of the public square and that he was defending religion. 

Among those who received praise from the President were James and Shirley Dobson, American evangelical authors, Robert James Jeffress Jr., a Southern Baptist pastor, and Cissy Graham-Lynch and Franklin Graham, the family of Billy Graham. 

He praised Hispanic and African American faith leaders and said: “There is no better place to begin the new year than right here with so many friends and families, pastors and patriots, who believe in the power of prayer, the majesty of creation and the love and grace of Jesus Christ.”

Mr Trump spoke about how evangelicals helped him in 2016 and called on their support in 2020, saying people of faith have never had a greater champion than they do right now.



An organisation that seek to secure the separation of church and state have written to the Internal Revenue Service to argue that the church, also known as El Rey Jesus, could be violating IRS regulations by appearing to express support for Trump, pointing out that, according to the Miami Herald, the pastor said: "If you want to come, do it for your pastor. That’s a way of supporting me."

Many supporters have changed their social media name on Twitter to include the text number needed to donate to Trump's campaign and used the hashtag 'evangelicals for Trump'. 

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