Texas pastor Ramiro Pena, a member of Republican nominee Donald Trump's Hispanic advisory board, referred to the advisory board as a "scam" on Sept. 1.
According to Right Wing Watch, Pena endorsed Trump on "The Jim Bakker Show," and has asserted that God was using Trump to save America, and that Americans were risking God's wrath by not voting for Trump.
During a July appearance on Bakker's show, Pena defended Trump to Latinos, reported Right Wing Watch:
And so when a nation continues to go that direction, it will come under God’s judgment. And we need to ask God to have mercy on our nation, and if we’re waiting for a perfect candidate to come along, listen to me America, if we’re waiting for a perfect candidate to come along, don’t hold your breath, we will never have a perfect candidate.
People, especially of my culture, say to me, "How can you support Mr. Trump when he has said these things?" Look, I know what the other side looks like and it is so bad. Mr. Trump has said specifically, "I will appoint pro-life justices to the United States Supreme Court."
Pena, of Christ the King Church in Waco, Texas, appeared to reverse course on Sept. 1 in response to Trump's controversial immigration deportation speech in Phoenix on Aug. 31.
Pena sent a scathing email to Jennifer Korn, the Republican National Committee's national director for Hispanic Initiatives, two Trump advisors and some RNC Hispanic outreach officials, Politico reports:
I am so sorry but I believe Mr. Trump lost the election tonight. The "National Hispanic Advisory Council" seems to be simply for optics and I do not have the time or energy for a scam.
I will pray over the next couple of days but it is difficult to [imagine] how I can continue to associate with the Trump campaign. I owe my national audience an explanation.
If Pena is correct, it's not clear why God would send him the wrong message about the election.
Jacob Monty, a Houston attorney who resigned from Trump’s National Hispanic Advisory Council after the immigration speech, said: "I was a strong supporter of Donald Trump when I believed he was going to address the immigration problem realistically and compassionately. What I heard today was not realistic and not compassionate."
Alfonso Aguilar, the president of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, told CNN on Sept. 1: "So today I’m saying, not only am I considering withdrawing my support, I’m telling you today, I’m withdrawing my support from Donald Trump. And it’s not only me. Many like me think the same way."