TAP Moment: Evangelical Leadership Dinner

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:

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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.

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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.”

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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."

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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

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

Trump Accountability Project (TAP)