The rally at a “megachurch” exterior Miami got here a day after the Pentagon confirmed Trump had ordered an airstrike in Iraq that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, described because the Muslim nation’s “shadow leader” who’s liable for the deaths of some 500 U.S. and coalition service members and the wounding of hundreds extra.
“Let this be a warning to terrorists,” Trump told supporters at the King Jesus International Ministry church in West Kendall. “If you value your own life, you will not threaten the lives of our citizens.”
“Qassem Soleimani has been killed and his bloody rampage is now, without end gone,” he continued. “He was plotting attacks against Americans, but now we’ve ensured his atrocities have been stopped for good.”
Trump recounted how he ordered the “flawless” airstrike from his non-public Mar-a-Lago membership and residence in Palm Seaside to “terminate” the “depraved butcher,” who Trump claimed had been planning a “very major attack” within the area. Soleimani, as the highest commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Drive, orchestrated a New 12 months’s Eve siege carried out by Iranian-backed militias on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, the State Division confirmed.
The president’s speech got here amid threats of retribution from Iran for the assault. Trump addressed a crowd of about 7,000 supporters who flooded into the megachurch — residence to one of many largest majority-Hispanic congregations within the nation, in accordance with The Miami Herald.
Trump heads again Sunday to Washington, the place he’ll quickly face an impeachment trial within the Senate and double down on his re-election marketing campaign. In response to a recent exit poll by CNN/SSRS, eight out of each 10 white evangelical voters supported Trump within the 2016 presidential election.
“I really do believe we have God on our side … or there would have been no way that we could have won,” Trump informed the group. “People say, ‘How do you win?’ You don’t have the media. You have so many things against you’ — and we win. So there has to be something.”
“I actually do consider we now have God on our facet. … Individuals say, ‘How do you win?’ You don’t have the media. You might have so many issues towards you’ — and we win. So there must be one thing.”
The president is courting Christian voters following a scathing December editorial in Christianity At present, the publication based by the late Rev. Billy Graham. It questioned whether or not evangelicals might justify supporting Trump given his “immoral” shortcomings, together with what the piece described as his use of presidential powers to influence Ukraine to launch an investigation into his potential 2020 rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Graham’s son, the Rev. Franklin Graham, mentioned on Twitter that his father would have been “disappointed” by the editorial. The late Graham’s granddaughter, Cissie Graham Lynch, spoke at Friday’s rally.
Christians “have never had a greater champion — not even close — than you have in the White House right now. Look at the record,” Trump informed the group, referring to himself. “We’ve done things that nobody thought was possible. We’re not only defending our constitutional rights, we’re also defending religion itself, which is under siege.”
“In America, we don’t worship government. We worship God,” he continued. “Very quickly, I’ll be taking motion to safeguard college students’ and lecturers’ First Amendment rights to hope in our colleges.”
“In America, we don’t worship government. We worship God. Very soon, I’ll be taking action to safeguard students’ and teachers’ First rights to pray in our schools.”
However Trump’s efforts to woo Florida’s evangelical and Latino voters drew criticism from the Biden marketing campaign, which accused the president of stoking “fear in Hispanics and immigrants in Florida, including many King Jesus International Ministry churchgoers.”
“Donald Trump is ringing in the new year with a desperate bid to cling to his base and a viable path to re-election,” Jackie Lee, a Biden marketing campaign spokeswoman, mentioned in a ready assertion.
The rally coincided with the launch of the “Evangelicals for Trump” group going into the 2020 election. Additionally throughout his speech, Trump mentioned his administration defends Christians and Jews from the novel left Democrats and condemns the socialism that he claims has ravaged Venezuela.