Inside the Influential Evangelical Group Mobilizing to Reelect Trump - 2020-05-23
"The Covid virus has been a gift from God," began Ken Eldred. "The kingdom of God advances through a series of glorious victories, cleverly disguised as disasters."
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Eldred noted, millions of Americans are turning to Christ, Walmart is selling out of Bibles, and online church broadcasts have hit record numbers.
But while religiosity was growing, there have been setbacks from the disease outbreak. "Satan has been busy too," Eldred, a major donor to evangelical and Republican causes, explained. "The virus has messed up many of our plans involving our in-person meetings with voters."
And the rise of mail-in ballots, Eldred added, would undercut voter identification laws, which have been a pillar of GOP election strategy. "The children of the darkness put early voting into this CARES package," he grumbled, a reference to the $400 million for election assistance programs to states included in the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill.