Many Mormon’s don’t know what to make of Donald Trump. The state of Utah is very Conservative, though it’s residents were leery of Trump during the 2016 election. Trump only got 45% of the vote in Utah during the 2016 election with Hillary Clinton getting 27% and Independent candidate Evan McMullin receiving 21%.
With Trump needing every 2020 vote he can get, however, Mormon Republicans are attempting to appeal to voters of the same faith. Mike Lee a lawmaker from Utah, has appeared in Nevada and Arizona trying to garner Mormon support. The senator recently likened Trump to Captain Moroni, the hero of the book of Mormon.
Lee, who was born in Arizona, appeared alongside Trump at last night’s rally. He told the crowd, “To my Mormon friends, my Latter-day Saint friends, think of him as Captain Moroni. He seeks not power, but to pull it down.”
The lawmaker continued, “He seeks not the praise of the world or the ‘fake news,’ but he seeks the well-being and the peace of the American people. Are you willing to stand with me and millions and millions of others who want four more years?”
Mitt Romney, perhaps America’s most prominent Mormon lawmaker, does not agree with Lee’s sentiments. When explaining his decision to vote to impeach Trump in February, he invoked his faith. “I take an oath before God as enormously consequential,” Romney said. “I knew from the outset that being tasked with judging the president, the leader of my own party, would be the most difficult decision I have ever faced. I was not wrong.”
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