An evangelical pastor called for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to dismiss his campaign manager March 30. The pastor’s statement comes after Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s manager, was charged with simple battery.
Lewandowski, 42, is accused of assaulting and “bruising” the arm of Michelle Fields, a journalist, March 8, reports Christian Today. Fields was attempting to ask Trump a question when she was allegedly assaulted by his campaign manager.
Rev. Patrick Mahoney, head of the Christian Defense Coalition, was not impressed by the conduct of Trump’s campaign manager.
“The evangelical community is far more committed to integrity, truthfulness, justice and treating everyone with dignity and respect than it is in just making America great again,” said Mahoney.
“Donald Trump needs to understand that if he wants to make American great again he needs to embrace the values that evangelicals cherish and embrace. Those values are not rooted in political slogans but in the eternal teachings of the Scriptures and of Christ.”
Trump says that he will not fire the campaign manager charged with battery, claiming that it would be unfair to “terminate this man, ruin his life, ruin his family … ruin his whole everything and say: You’re fired”.
Reverend Mahoney said that Trump’s refusal to fire his manager “stands in stark contradiction to those timeless values” of evangelicals.
The criticism from conservative pastor Mahoney comes as Trump faces increasing backlash from fellow Republicans.
After Trump said March 30 that women should be punished for having abortions, he drew sharp rebukes from his own side of the aisle, reports CBS News.
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz of Texas said Trump had “once again … demonstrated that he hasn’t seriously thought through the issues, and he’ll say anything just to get attention”.
“Of course we shouldn’t be talking about punishing women; we should affirm their dignity and the incredible gift they have to bring life into the world,” said Cruz in a statement.
Fellow Republican presidential candidate John Kasich of Ohio also bashed Trump, saying, “I think probably Donald Trump will figure out a way to say that he didn’t say it or he was misquoted or whatever but I don’t think so”.