Political Ad Invokes the Bible & Jesus in Asking Republican Christians to Vote Against Trump

President Donald Trump holds a Bible as he visits outside St. John’s Church across Lafayette Park from the White House on June 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(RNS) — A new political advertisement calls on Republican Christian voters to turn against Donald Trump this November, arguing the president’s rhetoric and actions are out of step with their faith.

The ad, released on Tuesday (July 14), features several self-identified Republicans discussing Trump and his presidency as a piano softly plays the hymn “Amazing Grace” in the background.

The speakers juxtapose Trump’s rhetoric and behavior — such as video of him bragging about sexual assault in 2005 and retweeting a video in June of a supporter shouting “white power” — alongside appeals to Christian teaching and Scripture.

“I was taught the principle that we should love our neighbors as ourselves,” an individual named Cheves, a Republican, says in the ad.

The one-minute spot was produced by Republican Voters Against Trump, which is a project of the political action group Defending Democracy Together.

Speakers in the ad reference a June 1 incident that took place outside the White House, when local and federal police forcibly cleared demonstrators — including a priest and a seminarian working outside St. John’s Episcopal Church — from Lafayette Park using projectiles and gas.

Shortly after the demonstrators were expelled, Trump walked over to St. John’s and held up a Bible during a photo op.

“The moment that he held up that Bible, he revealed this president is using us,” a man named Pat, identified as a Republican, says in the ad.

Source: Religion News Service