In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, former President Donald Trump received a prayerful endorsement from a group of faith leaders just before addressing his supporters. The video of this moment, shared on X by James Blair, a Republican strategist, displays around a dozen faith leaders extending their hands towards Trump as one of them leads the prayer. The faith leader is heard invoking divine protection over Trump, declaring that “the gates of hell will not prevail against him” and that “all the weapons formed against him will not prosper.”
This spiritual endorsement followed the public support Trump received from over 150 Iowa faith leaders on November 23. Pastor Dan McCoy, the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in Urbandale, highlighted this endorsement as a testament to Trump’s commitment to values significant to the faith community. McCoy’s statement emphasized the deep trust that these faith communities place in Trump to lead the nation with integrity and moral clarity.
During his speech in Iowa, Trump sharply criticized President Joe Biden, labeling him as “the destroyer of democracy” and likening him to a “third-world communist tyrant.”
?? Over 150 Pastors & Faith Leaders from across Iowa have endorsed President Trump.
— James Blair (@JamesBlairGOP) December 2, 2023
He specifically pointed out a past speech by Biden, marked by a pink and red background, where Biden criticized “MAGA Republicans.” Trump used this opportunity to assert his stance against the current administration, arguing that Biden and his allies are not the defenders but the destroyers of American democracy, thereby positioning himself as a champion of the American Dream and the values upheld by his conservative and faith-based supporters.