For the 2016 Values Voter Summit (the annual social-conservative conference organized by Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council), Trump took the stage in the main hall mid-afternoon to deliver a speech that leaned heavily on playing upon the Christian right’s longstanding persecution complex.
“How can it be that our media treats people of faith so poorly?” Trump asked rhetorically, before reminding the audience that many politicians have straight-up “abandoned” them for more progressive, secular, politically correct values.
“In a Trump administration, our Christian heritage will be cherished and protected like you’ve never seen before,” he said, reciting an easy applause line. “There is no more charitable group in this country than Christians.”
Trump wasn’t even the only TV star or Hollywood film actor to entertain and whip-up the Christian-conservative gathering.
Kirk Cameron, the Growing Pains star and Trump endorser who is nowadays better known for his work as a hardcore evangelical activist, railed against “out-of-control and godless government” for half an hour.
But the biggest get for Values Voters and the Trump campaign this week was the Oscar-winning, 77-year-old actor Jon Voight, who introduced Trump on the summit stage.
“He will lift the dark cloud hanging over us right now,” Voight said of Trump on-stage, telling the crowd that, God willing, The Donald will be the next leader of the free world.
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