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‘Not Our Faith’: Bipartisan Christian Group Take On Trump In New Super PAC

Topline

A new bipartisan super PAC — whose members include Obama’s former faith advisor and a former aide to former Texas Republican Tom DeLay — will try to woo Trump’s traditionally strong Christian base in a string of six-figure TV and digital ads in the weeks running up to the election.

Key Facts

“We think Christian support is on the table in this election,” said PAC advisory council member Michael Wear, a former faith advisor in Obama’s administration, Associated Press report — “We’re going after all of it.”

The group’s first digital ad, which is set to run in Pennsylvania and Michigan, accuses Trump of using “Christianity for his own purposes,” according to The Associated Press who have seen the advert. 

The advert will recall imagery of Trump’s much-maligned photo op near Lafayette Square, where federal authorities used tear gas and rubber bullets to remove peaceful protestors so the president might pose in front of a church wielding a bible.  

Members of the PAC’s advisory council include: Wear, retired president and CEO of the faith-based Catholic Relief Services Carolyn Y. Woo, Autumn Vandehei, who is a former aide to Texas Republican Tom DeLay, and the Rev. Alvin Love, a pastor at Lilydale First Baptist Church in Chicago and chair of faith-based initiatives at the National Baptist Convention. 

Key Background

Donald Trump has typically enjoyed very strong support from evangelical and Catholic Christians and has targeted them heavily in his reelection campaign. For months, Trump has attacked Biden and his faith, describing him as “against God.” Republicans, too, have tried to frame Democrats as somehow inherently opposing Christianity. This is perhaps most obvious in how Republicans frame Democrat opposition to Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, throwing up straw man after straw man after straw man that they are out to attack Barrett’s Catholic faith. 

Crucial Quote

The ad, Associated Press reports, says Trump “has used Christianity for his own purposes… [Christians] don’t need Trump to save them.” it says. “The truth is that Trump needs Christians to save his flailing campaign.”

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