Trump to meet conservative Christians in New York ‘conversation’

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will come face-to-face with 900 conservative Christian leaders Tuesday in a closed-door session sponsors termed a “conversation.”

Religion News Service suggested the New York City session, “A Conversation About America’s Future with Donald Trump and Ben Carson” will be neither a “coronation” nor an “inquisition” for the boisterous real estate mogul-turned-politico.

The session will be sponsored by My Faith Votes, a nonpartisan movement encouraging Christians to cast ballots, and United in Purpose, which advocates for  Christian-based social change.  Carson, honorary national chairman for My Faith Votes, will act as moderator.

The event will come just days after a CBS Poll found that white evangelical Christians favor Trump over presumptive Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton 62 percent to 17 percent.

“That sounds like an impressive lead until you consider that recent GOP presidential candidates have won close to eight in 10 white evangelical voters, and that Trump’s sky-high negative ratings and vulnerabilities as a volatile, first-time candidate mean he will likely need strong turnout from that base to win,” the news service reported.

Organizers of Tuesday’s event have assembled 15,000 questions for Trump submitted by conservative Christians from across the country.

The event, said My Faith Votes spokesman Johnnie Moore, will be “an opportunity for him (Trump) to know more of this group better, for this group to know him better.  It is conciliatory in tone.”

Bill Dallas, CEO of United in Purpose, said a similar invitation will be given Clinton. “We as Christian leaders need to be dialoguing with whoever is going to be the next president of the United States,” he told RNS.

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