Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday said the US must strengthen its alliance with Israel, in an address strongly critical of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Reading mostly from a teleprompter, in a speech to Evangelical voters in Washington, Trump delivered a sharp rebuke of Clinton, declaring her “unfit to be president” while vowing to “restore faith to its proper mantle in American society.”
As he took the stage, Trump boasted of the support he’s received from evangelicals Christians, including a series of endorsements from Christian leaders, including Jerry Falwell Jr., who leads Liberty University.
He said the US must strengthen its alliance with Israel to ensure its security, and added that the entire world must learn how to deal with radical Islam.
Clinton, said Trump, refuses to utter the phrase “radical Islam.” The billionaire accused the Democratic candidate, whom he refers to as “Crooked Hillary,” for being responsible for “a 500 percent increase in Syrian refugees coming into our country,” some of which, he said, were supporters of terrorism.
At this point he was heckled by a woman, who interrupted his address.
“What’s happening to our country is so sad, we’re so divided, it’s a shame,” Trump said, accusing the woman of being a paid provocateur for the Democratic Party.
Trump was addressing the evangelical voters at the annual Faith & Freedom conference before flying to Richmond for a rally.
Many evangelical and conservative leaders remain deeply skeptical of Trump’s candidacy —a resistance that was underscored by the speakers who preceded him on Friday.
Former rival Carly Fiorina, who spoke immediately before Trump, failed to mention her party’s presumptive nominee’s name a single time during her remarks, which heavily criticized Clinton. Ralph Reed, chair of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, encouraged skeptics of Trump to consider what’s at stake.
He cited the issue of abortion rights, noting Clinton’s speech at Planned Parenthood, and stressed the Supreme Court, as well as the presidency, are on the ballot this fall.
“You see we understand that perfection is not the measure that should be applied, not only to any political leader, but to any man or woman,” he said, calling to Christians to “put away our ‘my way or the highway pride.'”
But he nonetheless took an apparent dig at Trump, who has sometimes struggled while discussing religion, after reading read a bible passage about humility
“That by the way, if you’re looking it up, is One Corinthians, not two Corinthians,” he said to laugh. It was a reference to Trump, who once cited “Two Corinthians” instead of “Second Corinthians.”