Ten evangelical leaders issued statements of support for President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, many of them lauding his character and dismissing stories of his alleged ties to Russia on the eve of his closed-door testimony Monday before Senate investigators about his contacts with Russian officials.
Evangelical leaders often issue statements about policy issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage and religious freedom, but they don’t often comment on specific administration officials. The leaders who sent statements come mostly from those who were on Trump’s evangelical advisory council, which operated during the campaign and is no longer official but whose members still stay in touch.
“I deplore that politics in this country has descended into blood-sport wherein good people like the Kushners, in order to serve the country they love, must endure unfounded attacks on their character, honesty, and trustworthiness,” wrote one Christian leader.
Many white evangelicals have warm attitudes toward Jews because they believe God has set them apart as chosen. White evangelicals rate Jews more positively than any other non-Christian religious group.
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