Top White House advisor Jared Kushner this week helped to tighten evangelical community ties to President Trump, this time over sentencing and prison reform, a key project that his father-in-law has entrusted him with.
Kushner this week hosted a call to 150 key evangelical leaders, including televangelist Jentezen Franklin and Prison Fellowship advocate and former Met outfielder Darryl Strawberry, an ordained minister.
In the call, Kushner helped to rally faith leaders, pastors, and Christian mental health professionals from around the country who support prison reforms and efforts to rehabilitate inmates.
The issue has been picking up steam under his guidance but remains stalled on Capitol Hill. Enlisting evangelical and Christian leaders could help the issue overcome remaining opposition.
Kushner has been a key, and unusual, connection for the Trump White House and Christian and evangelical leaders. And they have responded to the president’s Jewish relative and advisor, most recently when they blasted Kushner’s critics amid his testimony on the Russia probe.
Evangelicals, in fact, have said that they White House has kept the door open to them.
And it’s not just words and outreach, they said, it is also an agreement over policy.
Said a White House official to Secrets, “Evangelical voters turned out in record numbers to vote for Donald Trump and were in large part responsible for his historic victory. That strong relationship has only grown stronger since President Trump has been in office in part, because of President Trump’s many accomplishments for religious liberty, pro-life policies, the moving of Israel’s Embassy and the confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice.”
And, said the official, prison reform is another “bipartisan policy” they agree on.
“The administration wants to assist long-time prison reform advocates with their initiative to create a prison system that will rehabilitate citizens who have made mistakes, paid the price and are deserving of a second chance because studies show these reforms will ultimately reduce crime and save taxpayer dollars,” added the official.
Among those on the Kushner’s call:
Pastor Jentezen Franklin
Pastor Paula White
Darryl and Tracy Strawberry
Bishop Ira Combs
Pastor Charles Flowers
Bishop Harry Jackson
Bishop Kelvin Cobaris
Pastor Darrell Scott
Pastors Ralph and Joanne Hoehne
Pastor Sammy Rodriguez
Pastor Jack Graham
Dr. Tim Clinton
Bishop Jim Lowe
Bishop Wellington Boone