On Social-Distancing Holiday, Trump Cozy with Bigots
President panders to infl uential anti-LGBTQ Christian radicals with election looming
BY MATT TRACY
At the height of an unprecedented
crisis and roughly
seven months before he
faces re-election, President Donald
Trump spent the Easter holiday
weekend deepening his connection
with anti-LGBTQ religious leaders.
The president pivoted to the
Christian right at a time when
Americans were forced to stray
from their annual traditions surrounding
the coinciding mid-April
holidays of Passover and Holy
Week/ Easter. Many folks observed
the holidays virtually or in
socially-distant settings, such as
drive-through movie theaters that
were transformed into makeshift
churches. Some pastors, however,
defi ed the social distancing directives
imposed across the nation
President Donald Trump and homophobic Pastor Robert Jeffress, seen here at the Celebrate Freedom
rally on July 1, 2017, have remained allies throughout Trump’s administration.
and held Easter services in their
congregations’ traditional homes.
Homophobic Bishop Harry Jackson,
a Pentecostal senior pastor
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at the Hope Christian Church in
Maryland and the presiding bishop
of the International Communion of
Evangelical Churches, delivered a
Good Friday blessing alongside the
president and Vice President Mike
Pence at the White House on April
10. Trump also said he was spending
his Easter Sunday watching
video streaming of the services led
by Pastor Robert Jeffress, who is
on his Evangelical Advisory Board
and also has a history of homophobia.
Both Jackson and Jeffress
also share other mutual conservative
beliefs, including opposition to
Jackson, who once proudly
called for Christians to “steal back
the rainbow” and said the LGBTQ
community has a “radical homosexual
agenda,” was welcomed by
the president into the Oval Offi ce.
In a clear sign of solidarity between
the conservative religious leader
and the administration, Trump
called Jackson a “highly respected
➤ TRUMP & HIS BIGOTS, continued on p.4
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