Evangelicals Sing a New Tune on Trump: ‘Meeting May Be a Tipping Point’
In that room, among the 900 or so evangelical leaders, there were quite a few who were not for Trump going into the meeting. After the meeting some minds seemed to change.
“The ball has moved forward a little bit. And I appreciate Mr. Trump’s willingness to reach out to the evangelical community,” said Matt Barber, founder and editor-in chief of BarbWire.com.
“After hearing him today, I will prayerfully consider it as a possibility, in light of the alternative,” reflected Barber.
That alternative is Hillary Clinton. Trump made clear his Supreme Court picks would make them proud, unlike what Clinton might bring to the table.
“I can’t remember any time during the several hours this morning that his answer disappointed or that there was chagrin about it,” recalled Gary Bauer, president of American Values.
Trump’s senior adviser, Sarah Huckabee, also attended the event.
“He did something that most Republican nominees in the past have refused to do and that’s walk into this room and be willing to sit down, take their questions and really interact with them in a very big way,” Huckabee told CBN News.
With some evangelicals still wary, the brash outsider will need more outreach, but for now at least, it seems to be working.
“As it pertains to the evangelical vote and the candidacy of Donald J. Trump, today’s meeting may very well be a tipping point,” predicted Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.
A pro-family leader, Rodriguez says he knew plenty of pastors who were skeptical before the meeting, but inside, something changed, he said.
“After hearing his commitment, his very well-defined, articulated commitment to religious liberty and life, the Supreme Court especially, I think you saw a number of the same pastors walk out going, ‘that’s what I needed to hear,” Rodriguez said.
And that’s something the Trump campaign needed to hear after a rough few weeks of headlines.