RNS – President Trump’s hidden religious base: Pentecostal-charismatic celebrities

„Whether they appear on stage or not, Pentecostal-charismatics stand to play as important a role in this coming election as they did in the last, when the Trump campaign savvily targeted this demographic for their electoral potential.

Not everyone considers Pentecostals and charismatics to be evangelicals, but they are evangelicals to this president. When Trump created an “evangelical advisory board” in 2016, he included many of the usual suspects in white evangelical political activism.

But he also stretched conventional boundaries of the term “evangelical” by including Pentecostals and charismatic televangelists like Tony Suarez, Rodney Howard-Browne and Paula White-Cain in his group.

In courting this group, the Trump campaign chose allies who easily outnumber American Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and Sikhs combined.

What is now a network of charismatic evangelical Trump supporters began with a friendship between Trump and White-Cain, a flamboyant prosperity preacher from the president’s second home state of Florida.”

President Trump’s hidden religious base: Pentecostal-charismatic celebrities

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