Republican presidential candidate and celebrity billionaire Donald Trump declined an invitation to speak at a prominent national gathering of social conservative voters hosted by the Family Research Council later this month in Washington, D.C.
FRC President Tony Perkins informed The Christian Post Wednesday that Trump, the current frontrunner among Republican presidential candidates, will not be attending FRC’s Sept. 25-27 Values Voters Summit, even though other leading Republican candidates are scheduled to speak.
Although some polls have shown that the misogynistic real estate mogul who once favored abortion and carries liberal views on same-sex marriage has had no trouble gaining the support of Evangelicals, Perkins asserted that Trump’s refusal to speak at the conference is a sign that he has no interest in conversing with Evangelicals.
“We have got the Values Voters Summit coming up and Donald Trump has passed. He is not going to come,” Perkins said. “I think that is going to send a message to Evangelicals and values voters that he wants their support, but he is not really interested in having a conversation with them.”
“I think that is probably about the time, in about three or four weeks, people are going to start thinking more seriously about this as we move forward into the year,” Perkins continued. “[Trump’s absense], whether it was intended to or not, it will send a message.”