TAP Moment: Evangelical Leadership Dinner

Trump Accountability Project (TAP)

What: In August of 2018, the Trump White House held a nighttime dinner honoring the evangelical community, to thank them “for their invaluable contribution to American life.” With over one hundred expected guess, some compared it to a state dinner.

Unfortunately, some of the most extreme anti-LGBTQ figures in American politics were in attendance.

Select attendees:

Robert Jeffress, pastor and prominent member of Trump’s advisory council

  • Preached that gay people are “engaged in the most detestable, unclean, abominable acts you can imagine” and that homosexuality is “as immoral” as bestiality, incest, and pedophilia.

Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council

  • Said about gay people: “They are intolerant. They are hateful. They are vile. They are spiteful"..."pawns" of the "enemy.”

Franklin Graham, president of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (*Graham spoke at the dinner)

  • Said he loves gay people "enough to care to warn them that if they want to continue living like this, it's the flames of hell for you."

James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family (*Dobson got a special shoutout from POTUS at the dinner)

  • Claimed that marriage equality is “the fall of Western civilization” and has even longed for the days when a husband would have shot a transgender person in a bathroom.

Ronnie Floyd, past president of Southern Baptist Convention and evangelical adviser to Trump

  • Believed that “Satan has taken his tool of homosexuality, a gross and evil sin, and done a con job on the American culture, making it seem like all is okay when you are gay.”

Jim Garlow, pastor and member of Trump’s evangelical advisory board

  • Directly compared children of same-sex couples to children who lost their parents on 9/11.

 Alveda King, staunch Trump supporter who POTUS nominated to the Frederick Douglass Commision

  • Equated marriage equality with genocide.

Michele Bachmann, former congresswoman who now serves of Trump’s evangelical advisory board

  • Claimed homosexuality is “part of Satan, I think...”

Greg Laurie, pastor and member of Trump’s evangelical advisory team

  • Insisted that gay people should not be who they are “any more than a person who is tempted to steal, lie, lust, or murder.”

Tim Wildmon, president of American Family Association

  • Believes presidents should tell gay people to “stop what they are doing...”

Harry Jackson, member of Trump Evangelical Advisory Council

  • Insisted evangelicals must “steal back the rainbow” from LGBTQ people.

Darrell Scott, Trump supporter who has served in various roles during campaign, transition, and administration

  • Said his church believes the Bible is "anti-homosexuality."