CNN Analyst: Criticism of Antifa Is ‘Donald Trump’s Appeal to Racism’

The President accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta touched down at Dulles International Airport at 4pm local time  PSCU

[O] nce reporters and television cameras were ushered out of the room, Mr. Trump turned to the more pragmatic concerns of how evangelical leaders can use their pulpits to help Republicans win in the midterm elections, according to an audiotape of his remarks provided to The New York Times by someone who attended the event. The theme here is, 'I'm Donald Trump and I'll protect you from the scary black people.' Antifa is widely perceived as an African American organization and this is just part of the same story of LeBron James and Don Lemon and Maxine Waters and the National Football League players and the UCLA basketball players.

Democrats, Trump said according to NBC News, "will overturn everything that we've done and they'll do it quickly and violently, and violently".

Demographics of Antifa members aside, the claim that Trump doesn't like the Antifa because they could be from another racial group is far fetched.

He told Evangelical leaders that the vote was a "referendum" on freedom of speech and religion, and that these were threatened by "violent people".

Trump spent most of his private remarks bragging about having gotten "rid of" the Johnson Amendment, a 1954 provision of tax law that threatened religious organizations, like churches, with the loss of tax-exempt status if they endorse or oppose political candidates.

Trump was apparently referencing what is known as the Johnson Amendment.

In a hotly contested election season, marked by confrontations and a widening divide between the left and right, President Trump fired up his evangelical base with a warning: "you're one election away from losing everything". In May, Trump signed an executive order aimed at undermining the law, but legal experts have said say the executive step was largely symbolic.

In fact, the law remains on the books, after efforts to kill it in Congress a year ago failed.

Trump said to the religious leaders at the White House: "Now you're not silenced anymore".

"I had the great Robert Jeffress back there. This person is somebody that I like and I'm going to talk about it on Sunday".

Trump acknowledged pro-Trump Southern Baptist preacher Robert Jeffress in the crowd.

In a clip of President Kenyatta's brief address to the media, he pulled off an American accent thanking President Trump and First Lady Melania for their warm welcome.

Later, Trump raised an issue that has become fodder for late night comedy shows.

"You would think", Magarian added, "that the conservative religious leaders would get impatient at the continued repetition of that claim" that Trump has repealed it.

'The level of hatred, the level of anger is very unbelievable, ' Trump said.

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