Jerry Falwell, Jr., one of President Trump’s most enthusiastic evangelical boosters, appeared on Breitbart News Sunday and declared that Trump will get an even bigger percentage of the evangelical vote in 2020 than he did in 2016.
According to an exit-poll analysis by the Pew Research Center, 81 percent of “white, born-again/evangelical Christians” who voted in the 2016 presidential election cast their ballots for Trump.
“He’s doing everything to help the middle class, the average American,” said Falwell. “That’s why he got elected. That’s why evangelicals supported him. Because most evangelicals are average Americans and not part of the elitist establishment.”
Falwell said that conservative evangelicals no longer vote on “social issues,” which is a surprising claim given how many Religious Right leaders urged evangelicals to vote for Trump so that they could get a Supreme Court that would overturn Roe v. Wade and allow the criminalization of abortion.
Falwell said that his recent tweet—retweeted by Trump—asserting that the president should get a two-year extension on his presidency due to the “corrupt failed coup” was “tongue-in-cheek,” but added that “somebody needs to pay” for the Mueller investigation. “Somebody needs to be prosecuted,” Falwell said.
Speaking of the two-year investigation that yielded the Mueller report, Falwell said that he hoped Attorney General William Barr will go after the people responsible for “probably the greatest scandal and abuse of power in American history.”