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Monday, August 31, 2015

The Brody File's 2016 Evangelical Voter Breakdown

There’s been a lot made of how Donald Trump appeals to evangelicals and that he’s, “winning the evangelical vote.” Let’s slow down. There’s no doubt that trump appeals to evangelicals. The polling backs it up. But let’s remember a few things here about evangelical voters. First of all, they don’t vote as a block. In other words, no one candidate is the only one for evangelicals.  So The Brody File now presents what we like to call the, “2016 Evangelical Voter Breakdown.” This is not to be confused with “The 2016 Evangelical Voter Break Dance.” There is nothing like that taking place in evangelical churches unless LeCrae is performing (Google it).

The “I’m Sick and Tired Of It” Evangelical Voter:

Candidates who can pick up votes in this category: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee,  Carly Fiorina, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, Rand Paul

Breakdown: This bracket is being dominated for now at least by, “The Donald.” Trump appeals to this kind of evangelical voter. This evangelical is tired of politicians, tired of lying and tired of all the games they play. Case in point: in 2004, Karl Rove, Ken Mehlman and the GOP Establishment begged evangelicals to get out to the polls to support George W. Bush because he was going to push seriously for the Federal Marriage Amendment. Well, evangelicals showed up at the polls in droves and guess what? The issue was essentially dropped and no political capital was spent. Evangelicals felt used. Honestly, ever since, they’ve always felt a bit used by the GOP. So this evangelical voter is so frustrated they’re willing to give serious consideration to a man who doesn’t fit the mold of the traditional Christian candidate. It doesn’t mean they are going to ultimately vote for Trump. In their perfect world, they’d like to see a guy who talks as boldly as Trump but with a, “heart for Jesus.” Absent of that, they just may pull the trigger for Trump. Ted Cruz, with his bold style seems the logical evangelical backup if Trump implodes. However, Mike Huckabee is trying to show a forceful, don’t mess with me tone as well so he may be able to pick up some Trump supporters too. Ben Carson isn’t forceful but definitely resonates with the, ‘”tired of the same old politician” crowd. Fiorina has some of that in her too but it’s not loud and boisterous. As for Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum, they also shout it from the rooftops but they also either are or have been politicians. Therefore Trump stands apart because he’s not a politician and he’s the loudest and boldest.

The “Solutions Oriented” Evangelical Voter

Candidates who can pick up votes in this category: Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina,

Breakdown: These evangelical voters are definitely frustrated with politicians as usual but are looking for the plausible candidate; in other words someone who has a proven track record of getting things done. These evangelicals tend to not be so confrontational.  Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Scott Walker, Maro Rubio fit this mold. Huckabee is in here too to a degree.

The “Christian In His Heart” Evangelical Voter

Candidates who can pick up votes in this category: Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum

Breakdown: These evangelical voters are looking for the best Christian man among the candidates. They want to hear these candidates talk boldly about their faith and how that faith influences their public policy. Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson Ted Cruz and Rick Santorum are the leading candidates to get votes with this group, though Bush, Kasich, Walker and Rubio talk about how their faith informs their views. But this voter is looking for a candidate to really wear it on their sleeve.


The “Libertarian-Christian” Evangelical Voter

Candidates who can pick up votes in this category: Rand Paul, Ted Cruz

Breakdown:  This one is pretty simple. Rand Paul appeals to the libertarian-leaning Christian voter but Ted Cruz sucks votes away from Paul in this category.

So there you have it? What’s the takeaway? Ted Cruz appears in three out of the four evangelical voter categories. You can make the argument that Huckabee also plays in three. Many other candidates appear in just two. Donald trump appears in only one. So what that tells me is that Ted Cruz and probably Mike Huckabee have the best chance to win the statistical majority of the evangelical vote strictly based on evangelical voter types. But here’s the rub: his name is Donald Trump. He’s the wild card. He may only appear in one category but he is a FORCE in that category. There is such a frustration among evangelicals about the direction of this country that there’s no predicting how much of that category Trump can take. Remember what I have said previously: Trump and evangelicals have an interesting relationship to say the least. In one of my previous blog posts, I wrote the following:

Donald Trump operates in a world of absolutes: A world of right and wrong; a world of winners (him) and losers (McCain, Perry, etc); a world of put up or shut up (literally). Trump's world is colored in black and white. There ain't much grey. And what does Trump get for speaking out so boldly without holding back? Public ridicule.
Now, think of conservative evangelicals. In their quest to champion biblical values, their mindset is much the same. It is a world of absolutes. They believe the Bible to be the inerrant word of God. Non-negotiable. They believe there is only one way to heaven and that is through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Non-negotiable. They see the world through the lens of spiritual warfare (good vs. evil). And what do evangelicals get for speaking out so boldly without holding back? That’s right: public ridicule.

You see folks; Donald Trump and evangelicals are breaking bread together because there is this common bond that I just laid out above. They like his boldness. They relate to him because when they've been bold about their faith they get blasted too. It's a kinship in a strange sort of way. Don't ask me to go deeper than that folks. If you want that portion, go call Dr. Phil.

If Trump plays his cards right (more on that another time) he could win the evangelical vote. How does he do that? Stay tuned to more Brody File analysis.

DISCLAIMER: I can already see campaign operatives complaining about their candidate not being listed in certain evangelical voter categories. Obviously there will be some crossover. This is a general idea of where candidates will traditionally fit.

posted @ Monday, August 31, 2015 11:05 AM | Feedback (0)

Friday, August 28, 2015

Shame on The Huffington Post

Shame on Michael Levin and the Huffington Post.

Last month, Levin published an article called, “In Controversial Campaign Move, Donald Trump to Buy Puerto Rico.” The story went on to say that Trump was going to buy the island and rename it Puerto Trump. The article then talks about how Trump loves to go to Puerto Rico every winter to visit his hubcaps. Guess what? THIS STORY IS FALSE. How do we know? At the end of the article in a small font that says, “This post is satire.” Hillarious. I’m belly laughing. Hey Michael Levin and Huffington Post: Give me a break.

Isn’t the Huffington post supposed to be a respected news outlet on the Internet? It’s one thing if “The Onion,” which is well known for the satire humor, put this up. That’s fine. But the Huffington Post has a news reputation to uphold. You can’t play with people like that. I had a Puerto Rican member of my own extended family complaining about Trump because of this. This person didn’t know it wasn’t true. They got deceived. So did dozens of people who left comments on the article page who thought it was true. Maybe you should change the name of your site. Instead of The Huffington Post,” you should be called, “The Dishonest Post.”

posted @ Friday, August 28, 2015 5:15 PM | Feedback (1)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Back Story on Donald's Trump's Upcoming Meeting with Pastors

Next month on Sept. 28, Donald Trump will meet with a couple dozen Christian leaders and pastors at his Trump Tower office in New York.

The Brody File spoke with the man who is spearheading the effort. His name is Pastor Darrell Scott from Cleveland, Ohio. He heads up the non-denominational New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland Ohio. He tells me the church has a “Pentecostal/Charismatic persuasion.”

I spoke with Pastor Scott on the phone Wednesday evening and he explains to me that his relationship with Trump started roughly five years ago when he met Michael Cohen, one of Donald Trump’s top executives, through a mutual friend. The relationship between Scott and Cohen blossomed into a nice friendship and then around four years ago, Pastor Scott and his wife met privately with Trump.

During that meeting, they had an opportunity to discuss his faith and they all prayed together as well.

Fast forward to this past June when Trump announced his candidacy for president of the United States. It was around that time that Pastor Scott reached out to Cohen to see if Mr. Trump would be interested in a private meeting with pastors in which they would pray for him and discuss his views and strategies on a number of different issues.

Eventually a date was set: Sept. 28.

As for the meeting, names are not being released at this point but Pastor Scott, who is African-American, believes this meeting with the GOP frontrunner will definitely give some African-American preachers a chance to form their own opinion about Trump rather than hearing information secondhand.

Pastor Scott tells me the list of preachers who will be invited to the private meeting will be diverse as he reaches out to white, Hispanic, and black clergy.

It’s important to point out that this meeting is a personal gathering, not political. Scott says he’s not for or against Trump.

“This meeting will assist us in our decision making process,” Scott tells The Brody File. “I’m pro-Christianity. Anytime I can have a dialogue and exchange of ideas with prominent Americans or people in influential positions concerning Christianity I welcome back.”

He also told me that he hopes to meet with some of the other candidates as well. As for Trump, Pastor Scott tells me he’s always been impressed with his personality, honesty, bluntness, and forthrightness, not to mention his leadership skills.

posted @ Thursday, August 27, 2015 7:07 PM | Feedback (0)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Magic Of Donald Trump On Display In Iowa

Hey Jorge Ramos: I’m sure the Trump campaign wants to send you a thank you card and a fruit basket. What’s the best address? At a press conference in Iowa Tuesday night, the Univision “reporter” (quotes intended) tried his best to put Donald Trump on the spot regarding his immigration policies but guess what? It totally backfired.

Look, by the now many of you have seen the video of Ramos being escorted out of the room by security after trying to ask his immigration question.  Some may say that approach was unnecessary but let’s look at the facts.

First of all, Ramos was not called upon at the press conference. Another reporter was chosen by Trump to ask a question and Ramos barged in like a media bully. Hey Jorge, that’s called bad journalistic etiquette.  Mainstream media reporters should be calling Ramos out on that bad move. But that’s not all. Once he started speaking, he didn’t ask a question, he made a political statement.  He essentially told Trump he couldn’t deport millions of illegal immigrants. There was no question and when he finally got to something resembling a question, it was rhetorical in nature. Ramos did not come to that press conference with a journalist’s curiosity. He came with a political agenda. That’s strike 2 and the mainstream media should call him out on that too. Finally, after being escorted back in Ramos and Trump go at it on immigration. Think about this. Ramos was literally escorted out of the room and then Trump looks like the good guy by bringing him back and having him ask his question/rant. That’s remarkable. Who does that? Most politicians wouldn’t ever try to engage with someone who clearly had an agenda but guess what? Trump doesn’t care. He can handle it. He’s man enough to deal with it (to quote the cover of Time Magazine this week). What Trump showed (once again) to voters is that he’s not afraid to back down from a fight. He lets it rip and loves to battle.

Politically, what makes this incident such a winning proposition for Trump is that anytime you take on the liberal, agenda-seeking mainstream media you win. Ramos tried to grandstand and hijack the press conference and Trump stood up to him. This is not an easy task. Many politicians wouldn’t have the stomach for the fight or if they did engage, they wouldn’t have turned the tables as deftly as Trump. That’s what voters want. They want a fighter. They want someone who is going to dish it back to agenda-setting reporters. You see, when it comes to the liberal mainstream media, conservative voters hold a true disdain for the lot of them but they don’t feel they have the power or bully pulpit to fight back against them. Trump is their bully pulpit. Trump is their voice. And that my friends, is the magic of Trump.  Jorge Ramos wanted to expose Trump on immigration. Instead, he exposed why Trump is growing in popularity across America. Trump turned the tables. He’s the maestro conductor of this 2016 presidential election. He leads. Others follow. Oh, and one more thing: where should the Trump campaign send the fruit basket?

posted @ Wednesday, August 26, 2015 10:16 AM | Feedback (8)

Texas Governor Greg Abbott: America's Cultural Resurgence Must Be Lead By Pastors

In an exclusive interview with The Brody File in Austin, Texas Governor Greg Abbott says America will continue to deteriorate unless pastors get involved in the cultural issues of the day. “The people who attend these congregations or pastor these congregations do not turn out and vote and we are dealing with the consequences by the failure of Christians to go vote.”

Abbott spoke with The Brody File in Austin Monday afternoon after speaking to hundreds of pastors at the American Renewal Project event in Texas. Abbott has been very outspoken about his faith in the public square and made an impassioned plea for pastors to do the same.

ARP is holding these influential meetings in select cities around the country in an attempt to get pastors to reengage with the cultural issues of the day. The hope is that pastors will energize and encourage their flocks to actually vote their biblical values.

Watch the video below along with a partial transcription.

Mandatory Courtesy: CBN News/The Brody File





Texas Governor Greg Abbott: “The country deteriorates and that’s what we’ve seen over the past decade. Religious liberty from the Bible is in the issues that Christians believe in have become hostile in the mainstream politics and there is one key reason for it and that’s because the people who attend these congregations or pastor these congregations do not turn out and vote and we are dealing with the consequences by the failure of Christians to go vote.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott: “The most important thing anyone can ever do is to stand on their principles, stand on their values and that should be the guiding force in your life but second, it should be that the politically correct thing to do is to stand for the values that Christ preaches and if we do that those are the values and principles upon which this nation was founded upon and what needs to be replicated and it’s because we’ve been getting away from those values and principles that the United States of America has begun to erode.”

posted @ Wednesday, August 26, 2015 6:10 AM | Feedback (0)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Brody File Interview: Mark Levin Calls For Civil Disobedience Against Federal Government

Author and popular Radio Show Host Mark Levin tells The Brody File that it’s time American citizens disobey and protest the out-of-control, immoral and deceitful federal government in a civil way. “Do you want to live with liberty? Do you want to live with prosperity or do you want to live in miserable, gloomy, bleak times because that’s where we’re headed if you don’t stir yourselves and rally and protest and in some cases disobey, not like the left where they burn down neighborhoods and administration buildings. I’m talking about civil, prudential protest and yes, every now and then when you have a professor who’s tearing down the country speak out and disobey and disagree.”

Levin made the comments to me in our interview about his new best-selling book called, “Plunder and Deceit.” The book focuses on how the federal government is destroying the moral order for the next generation and what we can do about it now. Watch the video below along with a partial transcription. A full television story on Levin’s book will air soon on The 700 Club.

Also, let me just say it’s so refreshing talking to Mark Levin and getting to know him. Many liberals think he just likes to rant and rave on the radio and as we all know, he does so fluently. But he does it with a purpose, a commitment to see this country great again. On a personal note, the guy has a HUGE heart and is one big teddy bear. But when it comes to defending liberty, he’s a grizzly bear.

Mandatory Courtesy: CBN News/The Brody File





Mark Levin: “In the home, during the holidays, at the dinner table, at the breakfast table, when you are putting your kids to bed. Those are the circumstances. We as parents and grandparents have more influence on our children and grandchildren than we can possibly know.”

Mark Levin “Do you want to live with liberty? Do you want to live with prosperity or do you want to live in miserable, gloomy, bleak times because that’s where we’re headed if you don’t stir yourselves and rally and protest and in some cases disobey, not like the left where they burn down neighborhoods and administration buildings. I’m talking about civil, prudential protest and yes, every now and then when you have a professor who’s tearing down the country speak out and disobey and disagree. I know I’ve done that repeatedly and others can do it too.”

posted @ Monday, August 24, 2015 4:14 PM | Feedback (0)

Mark Levin Tells Brody File: What The Federal Government Is Doing Is Immoral

Author and popular Radio Show Host Mark Levin tells The Brody File that what the federal government is doing to the next generation of Americans is “immoral” and it’s contingent upon liberty-seeking citizens to change course. Levin made the comments to me in our interview about his new best-selling book called, “Plunder and Deceit.” The book focuses on how the federal government is destroying the moral order for the next generation and what we can do about it now. Watch the video below along with a partial transcription. A full television story on Levin’s book will air soon on The 700 Club.

Also, let me just say it’s so refreshing talking to Mark Levin and getting to know him. Many liberals think he just likes to rant and rave on the radio and as we all know, he does so fluently. But he does it with a purpose, a commitment to see this country great again. On a personal note, the guy has a HUGE heart and is one big teddy bear. But when it comes to defending liberty, he’s a grizzly bear.

Mandatory Courtesy: CBN News/The Brody File





Mark Levin: “What our generation is doing is so destructive of the next generation and generations yet born, whether it is social issues, whether it is constitutional issues, whether it is economic issues, foreign policy issues you really have to wonder how they’re going to dig their way out.”

Mark Levin:  “I make the case that this is about destroying the moral order, that what we’re doing is immoral, what kind of generation does this to their children and grandchildren and we need to start taking responsibility for this.”

Mark Levin:  “Don’t you want to be a free people and a prosperous people because every indication is you’re not going to be, every indication is that we have a calamity that is looming.”

posted @ Monday, August 24, 2015 4:12 PM | Feedback (0)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Ted Cruz Teams With Pastors To Defund Planned Parenthood

Senator Ted Cruz will hold a nationwide conference call for tens of thousands of pastors this Tuesday August 25th in an attempt to begin the process to defund Planned Parenthood.  Working with the American Renewal Project, he’s recorded a video invitation for the event, which was sent out to an influential list of 100,000 evangelical pastors. Watch here.  Below is the specific invitation from Cruz:

Dear Pastor,

The recent exposure of Planned Parenthood's barbaric practices of harvesting the body parts of innocent babies and selling them to the highest bidder has brought about a pressing need to end tax payer support of this institution.
 
As the son of a pastor, I know you bear a high and holy calling on your lives. I am urging you to confront this evil in our nation by praying and preaching with an unbridled passion until funding for Planned Parenthood ends, and this barbaric practice is purged from the land.
 
Over the next two weeks, with the support of your prayers and the impact of your preaching, I intend to lead an effort to end taxpayer support of Planned Parenthood.

The battle we face is not political. It is spiritual. To enter this arena in a prayerless condition invites failure.  May I ask...

1.    Join me for a Pastors Conference Call on August 25th  to hear how you can be a part of this effort.

2. Preach a message on August 30th calling on your people to enter into this spiritual battle for the soul of their nation.

3. Lead your people in a "Day of Prayer and Fasting" on September 9th as thousands of churches call on God, during their Wednesday night services, to move in the hearts of men and women in government to vote to end the slaughter of the innocents.
 
These days are challenging. Those who have faced similar challenges did so with the courage of their convictions. When Esther was called to stand on behalf of her people, she was reminded that her life was not her own, and that God had placed her at a critical point in history do be an instrument for the protection of the innocent. May we be found as faithful as she, "For such a time as this."
 
God bless America and God bless America's pastors as they lead the way to the healing of this nation.
 
Senator Ted Cruz

Cruz also points pastors toward an outline they can use for specific sermon notes when preaching about this topic. Read here.

Look folks, these undercover Planned Parenthood videos have clearly woken people up to the horrors of the abortion industry. Still, defunding Planned Parenthood is no easy task. Cruz and leaders at the American Renewal Project strongly believe that pastors must take the lead on moral issues like this and many of the other cultural issues of the day. It’s a two-fold process: first, speaking out from the pulpit and second, getting those in the pews motivated enough to pick up the phone and call their local congressman. “We the people” must rise up before politicians will listen closely.

Cruz and ARP hope for a Christian onslaught of activity on this issue led by the pastors. They’ll have some help. That’s because major Christian media outlets will be promoting the message as well. They include the Bott Radio Network, the American Family Radio network and the National Religious Broadcasters.

On separate political note, let me just say that I have observed Cruz up close when he’s speaking to evangelical audiences. He captivates them with his substance and style. He really does have the perfect mix of both. And evangelical voters are telling me that they love his passion and conviction. He’s going to be a serious player in this presidential nominating contest way past Iowa. He has the money, street cred and resume to seriously compete. And you can be sure there will be plenty of pastors lifting him up in prayer.







posted @ Sunday, August 23, 2015 1:15 PM | Feedback (2)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Lesson Evangelicals Can Learn From Donald Trump

Don’t faint when I say this. Just in case, you may want to grab the smelling salts. Here goes: If Evangelical Christians want to be more effective at spreading the gospel, they should take a lesson from Donald Trump. Did you faint yet? No? Great. Read on.

You see folks, Trump is bold. Trump doesn’t hold back. Trump doesn’t care about political correctness and sure doesn’t worry about offending people if he believes he’s correct on an issue. Guess what evangelicals? We should approach our main issue the same way. Our issue is not political, it’s spiritual. Our issue centers on telling everyone about the saving power of Jesus Christ.  In the Bible, Jesus’s Great Commission commands us to do the following:


“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Folks, we are to share Jesus with people so they have the opportunity to be saved and go to Heaven. Should we do this timidly? Should we do this fearfully? No! We need to be bold (like Donald Trump). We need to not hold back (like Donald Trump). We need to not care so much about political correctness (like Donald Trump) and instead care more about the good news of the gospel. We need to not worry so much about offending people (like Donald Trump). Does it mean we shove the gospel in people’s faces in a rude, mean way? Of course not. That wouldn’t be very Christian of us. However, just like Trump, we need to proclaim the truth and not be shy about it!

posted @ Saturday, August 22, 2015 10:29 PM | Feedback (6)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Explaining Donald Trump

The Brody File was recently on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program. Watch below as I wax poetic on the 2016 presidential election including analysis on Donald Trump.

posted @ Wednesday, August 19, 2015 5:24 PM | Feedback (3)