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Photo: Lori Berkowitz Photography [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Evangelical leaders launch a coordinated effort to save Kushner from media shaming.
Jared Kushner, senior adviser to the White House has found the support from evangelical leaders. The latter are questioning him about Russian involvement during the 2016 presidential election. A surprising number of Christian leaders, including Mark Burns, the South Carolina Pastor, and Jerry Falwell Jr., the President of Liberty University, have taken to social media publicly proclaiming their support towards Kushner. Kushner has to spend about two days interacting with congressional investigators on Capitol Hill.

About ten evangelical leaders issued their support for Kushner. Other than the two mentioned before, there were the Southern Baptist pastors Jack Graham, David Jeremiah, Ronnie Floyd and Robert Jeffress. The following also voiced their support: Harry Jackson, the pastor from Maryland, Johnnie Moore, the former Liberty chaplain, Paula White, the Florida megachurch pastor and Samuel Rodriguez, the President of National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. Another noted evangelical is George Wood, the general superintendent of Assemblies of God.

A majority of evangelical leaders vouched for his character. They totally dismissed stories about him having ties to Russia and his contacts with various Russian officials. This is a surprise as evangelical leaders often issue a number of statements about religious freedom, abortion and same-sex marriage, but does not comment on particular administration officials. Only those leaders who had found places on the evangelical advisory set up by President Trump issued statements. The council in question was working during the campaign, but not presently.

Kushner repeatedly said onMonday he had acted properly during the 2016 Presidential Campaign. Such coordinated media statements are structured by Johnnie Moore, who had earlier tweeted an extremely important photograph of many Christian leaders encircling the president, their heads bowed down in prayer. The leaders reiterated their support towards Kushner was unconditional. They did not ask permission for conducting such an activity.

Donald Trump acquired a large slice, about 80 percent, of the white evangelical vote during the November election. A survey done by Pew Research Center has revealed almost 75 percent of the responding evangelicals have given President Trump their approval on his performance in his initial 100 days in office.

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