No wonder The Donald is so lucky with money!
He’s been planting seed faith cash into strategic WOF alliances. God will surely smile and bless his campaign….(/snark)
Hat tip to Janet Mefferd for sharing this from the Daily Beast:
Donald Trump, who meets next month with a group of televangelists, has strong ties to the prosperity-promising prophets of the quick buck—because of course he does.
Donald Trump isn’t exactly a Sunday School poster child.
He recently told a group of Iowa conservatives that he’s never asked God for forgiveness, he referred to communion as “my little wine” and “my little cracker,” and he refused to tell one reporter what his favorite Bible verse was and whether he preferred the Old or New Testament.
But while Trump’s comments may sound tone-deaf and stilted to some audiences, there’s one Christian subculture where he fits right in: televangelists.
The real estate mogul will huddle next month with a group of of hair-teasing, microphone-toting, prosperity-promising prophets of the quick buck. Though the meeting isn’t officially billed as a campaign event, it’s widely reported as part of an effort on Trump’s part to reach the faithful (and, in this case, the gullible).
And it suits him.
Trump palling around the televangelist world of get-rich-quick promises, multiple marriages, and questionable coiffures is, well, perfect. His decision to host these leaders at Trump Tower in Manhattan suggests he may see faith the way he sees other endeavors: as a way to lure big audiences with glitzy promises that are less than reality-based. Much like his outreach to the more mainstream evangelical community, he’s been connected with the televangelist set for quite a while.
The Wall Street Journal broke the news of the meeting, reporting that Trump is huddling with “a group of Evangelical Christian leaders at his office” on Sept. 28. The event is being arranged by no run-of-the-mill evangelical, though; its reported host is televangelist Paula White.
And attendees got their invites from a public relations expert who specializes in boosting televangelists’ profiles. Sheila Withum of Withum & Co. Media Ministry Development Consultants, who sent out the invitations last week, told The Daily Beast her group has been representing televangelists for about 30 years—managing their public relations, helping them get airtime, and helping produce broadcasts.
White, who hosts a TV show called Paula White Today on The Word Network and pastors New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida, is one of the most prominent and controversial televangelists on the tube, drawing massive audiences and a congressional investigation. She took the helm at that church after its former shepherd died of a heroin and cocaine overdose.
Trump and White have been friends for years, which makes sense because they have a lot in common. In addition to having their own popular TV shows, they’re on their third marriage—Trump’s to former model Melania Trump, and White’s to the keyboardist for Journey.
Trump has been a guest on her programming numerous times, and they seem to be big fans of each other.
Be sure to read our White Paper on the apostate Word of Faith Movement that Donald is dabbling in.