According to Business Insider, his remarks were aligned with Christian nationalism, an authoritarian theocratic ideology that has always existed inside the GOP fringe but is gaining fast popularity in mainstream Republican thinking. Recent reports from The New York Times, The New Yorker, and CNN also all suggest Christian nationalism is on the rise.
According to Christianity Today, Christian nationalism is "the belief that the American nation is defined by Christianity, and that the government should take active steps to keep it that way." The main focus is that America is considered a "Christian nation.”
The Tampa event came a day after he gave a speech at the "Save America" rally in Arizona Friday night. There he showed his support for Republican candidates Kari Lake for governor and Blake Masters for the U.S. Senate, and appealed to the conservative Christians in attendance.
Fox News and other outlets noted that Trump dropped several hints during the rally on the possibility of him running for president in 2024.
"Take the five worst presidents, put them together, and it would not be worse than Biden's damage," Trump said. "We may have to do it again."
"We will make America wealthy again. We will make America strong again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And we will make America great again," Trump added.
Despite his thousands of documented lies and central role in inciting the insurrection at our nation’s Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Trump’s standing is still clearly strong among his voter base. When he handed over the mic, Lake referred to Trump as “Superman” and encouraged people to come out and vote.
"We can't wait for Superman to save us, we have to get involved," Lake said. "I believe Superman is coming back and hopefully soon. And when he does, we will be by his side."
But this weekend’s events aren’t the only events during which Trump has advocated for Christian nationalism. During 2017’s Values Voter Summit on Friday, Trump told attendees that in the U.S.,”we don't worship government, we worship God,” NPR reported.
"We know that it's the family and the church—not government officials—who know best how to create strong and loving communities," Trump said.
While Trump failed to deliver many of his campaign promises, he reminded the crowd of what he did that supported their values, including allegedly “stopping cold the attacks on Judeo-Christian values.”
Of course, Trump isn’t the only GOP representative who believes in this Christian nationalism. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, attended the same Tampa event, and outright identified herself as a Christian nationalist in an interview. She shared her support for the ideology while explaining why Republicans should adopt the label and the movement themselves.
"We need to be the party of nationalism, and I'm a Christian, and I say it proudly: We should be Christian nationalists," Greene said.
Let’s not forget Greene’s buddy Rep. Lauren Boebert, who also attended the event. Boaebert recently has said the church should be in charge of the government.
"The church is supposed to direct the government; the government is not supposed to direct the church," she said last month, according to Business Insider. "That is not how our founding fathers intended it. And I'm tired of this separation of church and state junk that's not in the Constitution."
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