Trump asks for evangelical support to protect ‘our religious liberty’


Speaking at an evangelical university Saturday, Republican nominee Donald Trump sought to play up his ties to the evangelical movement by singling out his moves to protect religious liberty.

“Our religious liberty is being trampeled over and we can’t let that happen,” said Trump while speaking Saturday at Regent University, which was founded by evangelist and TV anchor Pat Robertson.

Robertson spoke before Trump’s rally began, and so did Ralph Reed, an influential figure in the Republican Party and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

Evangelicals are a key Republican voting bloc, and have been coalescing around Trump, pushing prior past statements from Trump saying he was pro-abortion rights and the fact that he has been married three times.

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A recent poll from Public Religion Research Institute found that evangelicals are going for Trump 61 percent to 15 percent for his opponent Hillary Clinton.

Trump also reiterated several parts of his 100-day plan that he discussed during an earlier speech in Gettysburg, Pa.

“We’ll eliminate every single job-killing regulation,” he said. “We are going to end Common Core and bring education local.”

Trump also hit on his opponent Hillary Clinton‘s e-mail scandal, saying that she made 13 phones disappear, “some with a hammer.”

Trump was referring to newly revealed FBI documents surrounding the agency’s investigation into Clinton’s private e-mail server that she used while she was secretary of state. The documents reveal that Clinton lost about 13 phones with classified data on them.