Washington, DC – Yesterday, President and Founder of Sojourners, Jim Wallis called on Donald Trump’s most prominent evangelical supporters to denounce the President’s racist words and actions. Wallis’s call is grounded in the understanding that racism is a sin, America’s original sin.

 

The comments hurled at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib were an assault on the image of God, in which all these women were made. Rev. Jim Wallis further explains:

 

“The racism of Donald Trump is not just a sin; it is a political strategy. From the beginning of the Trump presidency and even in his candidacy, some of us have pointed to Trump’s direct and deliberate plans to fuel racial fear and hatred for his own political gain. And that is clearly now his plan for re-election: a strategy based on stoking racism, xenophobia, and white nationalism…

 

“Painfully, for many principled conservatives and historic Republicans, these issues are now breaking down literally across party lines. Support for racism is becoming a partisan issue…

 

“If we hear silence from white people of faith, we are in deep spiritual trouble. Christian moral objection to the president’s racist language must grow every day and from many quarters, but so far, no word at all from the president’s most prominent evangelical supporters.”

 

Jim Wallis and his team have contacted Robert Jeffress, Ralph Reed, Franklin Graham, Samuel Rodriguez, and Paula White-Cain to speak out. As of today, there is still no response.

 

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