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How President Trump reportedly talks about Latter-day Saints, Mitt Romney and Christians

The Atlantic recently published an article about how Trump talks about Christians, including Latter-day Saints.

President Donald Trump addresses a crowd at a campaign event at the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, in Latrobe, Pa.
President Donald Trump addresses a crowd at a campaign event at the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, in Latrobe, Pa.
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The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins recently published an article about how President Donald Trump talks about Christian supporters in private.

  • The article includes an interview with Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen.
  • Cohen explained how Trump has responded to various forms of prayer.
  • Coppins chronicles how Trump has talked about Utah Sen. Mitt Romney in private, as well as how his son, Donald Trump Jr., has engaged with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Here’s an excerpt from The Atlantic article that explains how Trump has spoken about Latter-day Saints — including Romney — in private:

One religious group that the Trump campaign is keenly fixated on this year is Mormons. In 2016, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints rejected the Republican ticket in unprecedented numbers. To win them over in 2020, the campaign has made Donald Trump Jr. its envoy, sending him to campaign in Utah and other Mormon-heavy states. The president’s son has cultivated relationships with high-profile conservatives in the faith. Earlier this year, he invoked Mormon pioneers in a call with reporters to describe his father’s “innovative spirit.”

In fact, according to two senior Utah Republicans with knowledge of the situation, Don Jr. has been so savvy in courting Latter-day Saints—expressing interest in the Church’s history, reading from the Book of Mormon—that he’s left some influential Republicans in the state with the impression that he may want to convert. (A spokesman for Don Jr. did not respond to a request for comment.)

See The Atlantic for the complete story.