Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Oct. 27 that there would not be any "religious liberty" if Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wins (video below).
Trump made his comments during an interview on Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network channel, notes Right Wing Watch.
Trump began the interview with David Brody by lamenting that a football coach was going to be fired for praying with his players.
The Bremerton School District asked him not to do it because school employees cannot lead students in prayer, based on rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court. Kennedy continued and was eventually terminated, noted CBS News in August. Kennedy subsequently sued the school district.
Trump further explained his reasoning to Brody:
And I always say to you, we’re going to all be saying Merry Christmas again, but the truth is religious liberty is under tremendous stress. The Second Amendment is under stress. If Hillary Clinton gets in, you’re not going to have religious liberty, you’re not going to have Second Amendment. So many different things.
Trump also repeated the right wing talking point about Christian voters not going to the polls and leading to the re-election of President Barack Obama, who did receive votes from Christians in 2008 and 2012.
"Had [the evangelicals] voted four years ago, and they didn’t, you would’ve had a different result in the election instead of having Obama, who has been catastrophic for evangelicals and a lot of the things that we stand for," Trump stated.
A new AP-GfK poll released on Oct. 26 showed Clinton ahead of Trump by 14 points. Clinton was at 51 percent, while Trump came in at 37 percent.