'He wears the armor of God': evangelicals hail Trump's church photo op - 2020-06-03
No one accuses Donald Trump of subtlety. When the US president raised a Bible overhead on Monday evening outside St John's Episcopal church in Washington DC, the sign was unmistakable: an appeal to his white evangelical base for loyalty, as protests and riots roared across America.
Not every Christian answered the call. The Rev Gini Gerbasi, an Episcopal priest, said police used teargas to drive her and others from St John's before Trump's appearance. "They turned holy ground into a battleground," she told Religion News Service.
But many of Trump's evangelical supporters, far from Washingtons political stage, saw the move as a victory in a world rife with evil.