Donald Trump gave evangelical leaders some advice on Tuesday about who they should and shouldn't be praying for.
Worthy of prayer: voters who'll pull the lever for The Donald. Not worthy of prayer: political leaders, because they're all "selling Christianity down the tubes."
"Some of the people are saying, we should pray for our leaders. Well, you can pray for your leaders, and I agree with that. Pray for everyone," Trump told evangelical activist at a meeting at Trump Tower on Tuesday. "But what you really have to do is you have to pray to get everybody out to vote for one specific person."
The whole "pray for our leaders" concept, he suggested, is just another example of being "politically correct" among the faith community.
"And we can't be, again, politically correct and say we pray for all of our leaders, because all of your leaders are selling Christianity down the tubes, selling evangelicals down the tubes, and it's a very, very bad thing that's happening," he said.
After some pushback online and in the media about Trump's statement, Bishop E.W. Jackson (who posted a series of videos of the meeting) took to Twitter to defend Trump.
"I was in the room, but as usual the left doesn't care about facts. No one took Trump as saying 'don't pray for anyone else.' That's idiotic!" wrote Jackson.
In the meeting, Trump also once again touted his performance among evangelicals, which he claimed he got a "massive" percentage of in the primaries. He then went on to say that he performed very well among the larger Christian vote and even the Jewish vote.
But as John McCormick demonstrated, Trump's performance among Christians in the primaries was not as strong as some have reported, at least not among committed Christians who attend church regularly, a group he lost among by 20 points. The devoted Christian vote, however, clearly turned out to be too weak to stop Trump from wiping out his evangelical competition.
As Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro notes, Trump's relationships with evangelicals is an uneasy and unlikely alliance.