Mike Pence’s Pastor Pal Will Vote For Biden — Says Trump Surrogacy Is UnChristian
An evangelical minister connected to Mike Pence says he will vote for a Democrat this year for the first time in a presidential election since 1976. Why? He says that the Trump administration’s failure at truth-telling is a problem, and that he has implored Pence to focus on honesty, not the political ambition that ties him to this presidency.
Rob Schenck is an evangelical minister who prayed and read scripture with Mike Pence after Pence’s congressional win in 2000. Speaking to
“If he were to seek pastoral counseling from me, I would say to him, ‘Brother Mike, Jesus commands you to love your neighbor, not love your boss.’”
He says in his letter, he called on Pence to “be a truth-teller,” regardless of how that act fits with Pence’s employment in the Trump administration. He says he never received a reply.
Pence was criticised last month for asking governors, during a conference call, to promote false claims about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Schenk has criticised Trump before, specifically talking about his evangelical following, and warning against what he calls political idolatry. Last month, he specifically called out Trump’s visit to a church building, and the tear-gassing of peaceful protestors to make the photo op possible.
This is what we know: Police were ordered to fire tear gas & flash grenades at peaceful demonstrators, then advance on them with horses, vehicles & batons to clear the church steps so Trump could stand there with a Bible he doesn’t read or obey.
— Rev Rob Schenck (@RevRobSchenck1) June 2, 2020
He’s also called out Pence publicly before. Two years ago, Schenk said that Pence told him following his conscience was “easier said than done,” and that he told the VP it was time to start doing the right thing, no matter how hard.
After the revelations of the last 24 hours, I renew my appeal to @VP Mike Pence to “find your conscience.” He said to me, “It’s always easier said than done.” Well, it’s time to do something hard, my dear brother, something really hard—it’s called “Doing right.” pic.twitter.com/eXUyuCU77v
— Rev Rob Schenck (@RevRobSchenck1) September 6, 2018
Pence, for his part, continues to publicly praise the president, claiming Tuesday that Trump took action early in the pandemic to buy the U.S. time to prepare with testing procedures and protective equipment — though experts say Trump’s delays actually cost lives.