President Trump’s relationship with Bob Vander Plaats was rocky when the Iowa evangelical and political activist decided to endorse Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) for president.
Wash out Scaramucci’s mouth and fire him, evangelical leader tells Trump
In an interview with the New Yorker, Scaramucci called now former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus a “f—— paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoid” and said Priebus would be asked to resign very soon amid a reshuffle of the White House.
Surfaces of photos of evangelical pastors getting their hands on Trump in the Oval Office
Vander Plaats, whom The New York Times called “an influential leader of Iowa’s Christian right,” leads the Family Leader, an evangelical group that advocates for political candidates and political issues. Vander Plaats took issue with Scaramucci’s harsh language and took to Twitter on Friday to tell Trump that the new White House communications chief was the one to go.
Vander Plaats tweeted that the president “must model and demand a higher standard”.
He also posted a letter to the president on the Family Leader website, titled “A Time to Confront Each Other.”
Mr. President, it is time to look in the mirror, accept responsibility, apologize to the American people, and immediately declare an end to this behavior.
I suggest you start by first washing Mr. Scaramucci’s mouth with a bar of soap. After a thorough rinse, remove his credentials and personally escort him off the White House grounds.
In the letter, Vander Plaats also called on other religious leaders to “fulfill your call to be the prophetic voice of the king.”
There is no guarantee that President Trump will repent and change his ways. That said, it is always our duty to confront ourselves in private and in public, so that our testimony is not compromised in the face of a culture that is thirsty for true hope.
He was not immediately available for comment on Saturday.
Vander Plaats isn’t the only high-profile religious leader this month calling on others to take on Trump. After photos surfaced of evangelical pastors laying hands on and praying for Trump, North Carolina-based Pastor William Barber said the pastors were practicing “theological malpractice bordering on heresy.”
Barber, the leader of several protest movements that have targeted Trump and his policies, said in an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid: “When you can pray for a president and others as they prey on the most vulnerable , you violate the most sacred principles of religion.
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